From rural dirt road trails to the classrooms of Georgia Tech and Harvard University; I’ve prepared myself to overcome great challenges. From a Marine Corp recruit to a global Cybersecurity expert, I understand the value of solid, unwavering leadership. I’ve heeded the call and I understand the sense of urgency.
As someone who flipped the reddest county in the state, I understand how to create and deliver on bold, innovative leadership with passion and courage. Georgia will become a blue state if we are willing to work for it and push forward. It’s because our shared desire for a better state and country, that our campaign has the courage to challenge an incumbent who has been in office since 1974 and to put forth a commitment to work hard to bring true representation to the people.
From healthcare to criminal justice, urgency is upon us to take a stand now.
The time has come to take immediate action. Americans cannot continue to be underserved and underrepresented in Congress. We must act now to begin a new era of leadership in the 13th District, and across the country.
This is our time, this is our place and with your help, we can make this our future.
Born to hardworking parents in the rural South, Michael Owens is the former Chairman of Cobb County Democrats, elected in 2016 and 2018. A third-generation military veteran, Michael is a proud graduate of Leadership Cobb and Leadership Georgia. As a Democratic Party and grassroots organizer, Michael is known throughout the state of Georgia as a regular panelist on Georgia Public Broadcast’s popular radio and TV show, Political Rewind. Michael's organizing has gained national attention as Cobb County turned blue in the 2018 election. This earned him the attention NBC national news and a feature spot on Meet the Press.
Dr. Owens is a Political Partner with the Washington, D.C.-based Truman National Security Center, and currently acts as Political Director for the organization in Georgia. In this role, he regularly consults with elected officials and candidates on issues related to national security, cyber security, military and veteran affairs. For the past eight years, Michael has represented the 13th Congressional district with U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and for the past 3 years has served on its Georgia Advisory Committee.
In the midst of the 1st Gulf War, while still in high school, Michael picked up the phone and called the United States Marine Corps recruiting office. He's very clear about this event because, in the days prior, the ground operations began with the U.S. and the 39 country coalition moving in to liberate Kuwait. It was then that Michael began his journey to becoming a 3rd generation wartime veteran. Michael served 8 years in the Marines Corp on active and reserve duty with training in communications, engineering and counter-terrorism after attending Marine Corps Recruit Depot (Boot Camp) at Parris Island and Officers Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Va.
Service has always been a part of what has driven Michael.
After completing his tour of duty, and an undergraduate degree in technology, Michael began his transition into corporate America as an information technology help desk analysis. Two decades later, Dr. Owens is now an accomplished senior-level global business leader, former entrepreneur, and executive that has helped lead some of the largest companies in the world responsible for solving complex cybersecurity and technology issues. As part of his political advocacy, in 2013, Michael launched the South Cobb Voter Empowerment Project, whose mission is to inform and empower people in local communities, by connecting them to the issues that affect residents the most. The Project provides tomorrow’s leaders with opportunities to meet elected officials and candidates for office, in order to organize around proposed legislation.
From 2016 -2019, Michael served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Cobb County. During his tenure, the party — in a historically red county in metro-Atlanta — grew to become the largest organization of it's kind in the state of Georgia, with a string of victories that includes two city council seats, two state House seats, one state Senate seat and the 2018 win of Congresswoman Lucy McBath. The Marietta Daily Journal chronicled Michael’s tenure in a recent article.
Dr. Owens is the founder and president of the U.S. Global Center of Cyber Policy, a nonprofit organization with a focused mission to provide federal, state and local governments with key information related to cybersecurity, cybercrime and cyberwarfare trends, strategies and policies on a domestic and international level. Prior to this, Michael led the Global Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and Critical Infrastructure Program for EY within the Forensics, Investigations & Dispute division. He also filled a senior leadership role with Cisco Systems, working with public sector clients in the Gulf States Region and the State of New York.
In June 2016, Dr. Owens was selected by the International Agency for Regional Development to be one of the top 16 cybersecurity experts and policymakers from around the world to be featured speakers and advisors at the inaugural Global Cybersecurity Summit, which convened hundreds of cybersecurity and technology experts, organizations and high-level government officials in Kiev, Ukraine.
Michael has been recognized as a, international leader in Cybersecurity.
His unique skillset , which currently doesn't exist in Congress, includes topics on cyber policy, cyber warfare, cyber crime, internet governance, implications of emerging technologies such as autonomous weapons and quantum computing, internet access, the growing societal dependence on digital connectivity, and balancing the demands of personal privacy and national security.
In 2018, after the largest Cybersecurity breach in history, Dr. Owens was recruited by Equifax to fill a senior leadership role within their Global Security and US Information Solutions division, and currently serves as their Vice President of Information Security. Dr. Owens has filled innovative leadership roles at several fortune 500 companies, including Cisco Systems, Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments and Wells Fargo. As an entrepreneur, Michael has excelled in small business ownership several times and pioneered the practice of technical managed services as the founder and president of an innovative IT consulting firm.
His academic background includes a D.B.A in Business Administration from CalUniversity, a Masters’ degree from the Business School at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer & Electronic Technology from NC A&T State University. In 2012, Michael was selected to attend the first ever Emerging Leaders Program class at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His postdoctoral studies focused on International & National Security and Government at Harvard University, Brookings Institute and the United States Army War College.
Dr. Owens is currently raising two children in Mableton who attend public school. When not chasing his kids around the house or chasing hackers through cyberspace, Michael enjoys playing tennis, basketball and watching Jeopardy.
North Carolina A&T State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
California Intercontinental University
United States Army War College
United States Marine Corps
Career in Cybersecuity and Technology
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ernst & Young
State / National Leadership
Truman National Security Project
US Global Leadership Coalition
Georgia State Advisory Committee
US Global Center for Cyber Policy Founder, President
Democratic Party of Georgia
State Committee Member
Local Community Leadership
Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Diversity Council Member
Cobb Chamber of Commerce - South Cobb Area Council
Cobb County Democratic Committee