LaToya Owens, Ph.D.

Director of Learning and Evaluation


LaToya Owens, Ph.D. is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the UNCF Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, her work largely focuses on strengthening institutional career placement and student persistent outcomes at HBCUs, and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Dr. Owens is a visionary leader skilled in strategic and data-informed design and decision-making, and organizational development and solutions-based work in education and nonprofit spaces. She is an experienced thought leader on topics ranging from culturally responsive pedagogy and inclusive research practices, to K-16 career pathways and culturally informed evaluation and assessment.  Dr. Owens has developed a number of innovative experiences to impact curriculum development, ensure equitable educational policies, and develop culturally competent evaluation frameworks and tools for diverse communities.

Owens earned her B.S. in Public Relations from Florida A&M University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University, and Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Georgia State University.