Latrena M. Owens serves as DHCD’s Chief of Staff. In this role, Ms. Owens helps guide the performance management, information technology, communications and execution of the agency’s housing programs.
Before working at DHCD, Ms. Owens was the Chief of Staff at DC’s Department of General Services (DGS), where she oversaw personnel management, communications, resource allocations, performance management and logistics for the agency. She has also served as Director of Student Success at University of the District of Columbia, where she oversaw the development and implementation of workforce programs for adult learners. She focused on curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, staff training and program evaluation procedures.
Ms. Owens began her career in District government as a Capital City Fellow working at the Department of Transportation and the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development. She later worked in the Department of Employment Services before her mayoral appointment to DGS.
Ms. Owens holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and a Master of Education in Adult Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a resident of Ward 5 and in her spare time, she enjoys running half-marathons, traveling and spending time with her Yorkipoo.