Stephanie Owens

Director of Programs, Reach Higher


Stephanie Owens serves as the Director of Programs for Reach Higher. In that role, she leads campaigns to support students’ efforts to go to and complete postsecondary education and serves as an advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama regarding high school and post-secondary completion. Prior to joining The Common Application, Stephanie served in multiple roles at the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama’s administration, most notably with Mrs. Obama’s education initiative, Reach Higher. Stephanie has also served at the Alliance for Excellent Education and at the School District of Philadelphia. Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.