- Downtown Redevelopment Specialist, City of Chandler, AZ
John Owens is the Downtown Redevelopment Specialist for the City of Chandler. His role includes working with Downtown Businesses to better deliver city services, helping the city build a dynamic urban environment that welcomes private investment, and continuing the redevelopment of Downtown South. John previously worked for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where he was on the Research and Analytics team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Arizona State University.
John is active in the community – he serves as the President of Swift Youth Foundation, is a 2021 International Downtown Association Emerging Leader Fellow, and was a 2017 member of Valley Leadership Advance. He is an avid sports fan, a downtown evangelist, and a determined adventurer. He’s played semi-professional tackle football in Tel Aviv, Israel and spent a month traversing the United States solo, among other adventures.