Written by
Gwen McNamara, Communications Specialist
June 3, 2021

The John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement recently welcomed Lydia Owens to our staff team. As administrative assistant for the center, Owens works with Pace Center staff and the broader Princeton University community to oversee a wide range of projects, events, and activities involving student engagement. She often focuses on logistics and adapting or creating systems to move efforts forward, and supports Kimberly de los Santos, the John C. Bogle '51 and Burton G. Malkiel *64 Executive Director of the Pace Center.

Since starting in March, Owens has helped facilitate many of the Pace Center's end-of-the-year events, including our Class Day Graduation Appreciation Social, Books and Brunch Pick-up event, and Summer Service Orientation for more than 150 undergraduate and graduate students, and provided critical behind-the-scenes support to the center's program teams coordinating efforts for Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) and more.

Administrative Assistant Lydia Owens packing books

Administrative Assistant Lydia Owens packages books and other materials for Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) participants and partners. Photo by Gwen McNamara

"I am so honored to be part of Princeton University, especially the Pace Center for Civic Engagement," she said. "I feel I have found a home among such a welcoming team of talented, hardworking, and genuinely caring individuals who are not only seeking to enrich students' service experiences, but who are also set out to really investigate real world societal issues."

Prior to Princeton, Owens studied fine arts at Montclair State University and spent her career at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, a nonprofit foundation focused on a broad range of educational and cultural programs. There she focused on logistics, planning, and community, as well as environmental and wildlife conservation efforts. 

This fall, Owens will be in the Pace Center's Frist Campus Center offices on the 200 level and can be reached at lo0405@princeton.edu.