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 Executor Director of African American Leadership Forum (AALF) whose focus is to improve the economic health of underserved communities in the Twin Cities through public and private partnerships. 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.