Jan Owen AM

Jan Owen AM

Chief Executive Officer,
Foundation for Young Australians


Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’. In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people and in 1999 received a fellowship
for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US. Jan is the author of ‘Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime’ (1996).

Before joining the Foundation for Young Australians, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector. Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care.

Jan has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia and served on a wide range of Boards.


A Vision for Young Australians in the 21st Century

Young Australians today have much of the attitude, beliefs and tools needed to thrive and excel in life and work, however they still require strong support from our key institutions and their communities.

We must not only be advocates for change, but also enablers as the challenges young Australians face in a rapidly changing world are real and we must act quickly and decisively.


Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.