Marcus Owens is a social entrepreneur, systems shifter and community developer who believes that expanding economic and educational opportunities and improving health and well-being for all is key to building a healthier and just community. He is currently a principal consultant at Nawe Inc. Prior to this, he was the Executor Director of African American Leadership Forum (AALF). Before joining AALF, Owens was the President and CEO of the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON). Under his direction, NEON more than quadrupled its operating budget and staff size, launched a social enterprise business and created a co-working space for entrepreneurs.