Elise Owen is the standards executive at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Washington, DC), a federal government agency whose mission is to protect human health and the environment. In this position, she facilitates the implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and related policies which directs U.S. federal agencies to use voluntary consensus standards, participate in their development, and coordinate certification, testing, and related activities with those of the private sector to avoid unnecessary duplication and complexity.
Owen joined ASTM International in 2020. In her current position since 2015, she previously had been associate vice president of global strategy and analysis of AdvaMed from 2013 to 2015 and director of international development for the American National Standards Institute from 2006 to 2013. She also worked as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2004 to 2006, specializing in standards and technical barriers to trade.
Owen was awarded a Project Management Professional certification in 2012. She is also certified by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center as a Chinese and Japanese linguist. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Regent’s College (now Excelsior College), part of the State University of New York, and an MBA degree from the University of Hawaii.