About Owen

Home
I was born at Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital (now the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown), and attended school in the area from Kent School to Washington College where I received a Master’s Degree in English in 2009. Last year my wife Nanna and I bought our home on Richard Drive, and in the time since we have enjoyed working on our home and garden, meeting our neighbors, and getting to know the neighborhood better on our walks with our dog Daphie.

Work
My professional experience has primarily been working for nonprofits. While I was a master’s student, I worked at the Rose O’Neill Literary House, helping to bring guest authors to campus, working with students on the student run newspaper and literary magazines, and helping to organize visits from prospective students. In the summer of 2015, I made the jump out of the academic world into the environmental sector and joined the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. Today I work at their office in Easton as the Facilities and Administrative Coordinator where I help manage the three buildings on our campus, work with our partners, and process donations.

Volunteer
I spend much of my spare time volunteering for various nonprofits in Chestertown. For four years I was the President of the Chestertown Book Festival, in which time we brought many talented authors, including nonfiction writers, children’s authors, and journalists. Currently I am the Membership Chair for the Friends of the Kent County Public Library as well as the Education Chair for Colchester Farms CSA. I value the role nonprofits serve in the community and see firsthand the positive changes they bring.

In my professional and volunteer career I have helped organize budgets, coordinate and work with volunteers and contractors, manage outreach efforts, plan fundraising campaigns, and manage grant writing and reporting.

For most of my life Chestertown has been my home and its residents have been my closest and most valued friends. This town has many wonderful qualities and assets, but there is much room for improvement as it can better serve its residents and guests.