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Kelli Owens Portrait

Kelli Owens

Kelli Owens is the Executive Director of the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), the only executive-level domestic violence state agency in the country. OPDV is responsible for advising the Governor’s Office and Legislature on gender-based violence policies and programs, training and public awareness campaigns throughout the state, and working to ensure comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service provision statewide. Prior to joining OPDV, Kelli was the Director of Women’s Affairs for the Governor’s Office where she played a significant role in launching the Governor’s first-ever New York State Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated, statewide response to issues that particularly impact the lives of women and girls in the areas of education, economic opportunity, workforce equity, leadership, health care, child care, safety, STEM, and intersectionality. In her long career, Kelli has also worked with numerous women’s organizations including YWCAs and Planned Parenthood.