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Heather M. Owen
Position: Associate Athletics Director
Alma Mater: Stanford
Graduating Year: 1998

Heather M. Owen joined the Stanford athletic department in 2008 and has performed several roles culminating in her promotion to Associate Athletic Director for Development in February, 2014.

In her role, Owen leads Stanford Athletics’ development, stewardship, and event efforts. Areas comprising Stanford’s fundraising efforts include annual giving,  major gifts, and donor relations, with the athletic department being financially independent from Stanford University.

Stanford currently serves over 950 student-athletes in 36 varsity sports and has claimed 19 consecutive Director’s Cups as the nation’s most successful Division I athletic department.

Prior to serving as the Associate Athletic Director for Development, Owen was the Senior Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving where she oversaw the Buck/Cardinal from 2012-14. Before that Owen was the Director of Annual Giving for Leadership Gifts from 2008-12.

A standout basketball player, Owen played for legendary head coach Tara VanDeerver from 1994-1998 before graduating with a degree in political science with a minor in sociology. Owen played professionally in the WNBA and abroad while also pursuing a law degree from Santa Clara, which she earned in 2003.

Owen practiced law at DLA Piper for several years before returning to The Farm.