Chief Executive Officer
"I firmly believe that success in an organization can’t be about the goals we set for ourselves in a vacuum. It must be defined by value received by clients, by the needs of the people we’re serving, and to always center the needs of the community.”
Danielle Owens (she/her), MPT, MBA, joined Every Body Texas in January 2023 as Chief Executive Officer. With a background in health equity, social justice, clinical quality, and service delivery, Danielle brings the experience, expertise, and vision to lead the organization through dual challenges to increase access to critical, lifesaving sexual and reproductive healthcare and push back attempts to limit that access.
“I came of age in a time in this country when people who had long been intentionally marginalized and exploited made significant, historical gains while fighting for their rights and basic human dignity. To be in a moment when there is so much effort to demolish these gains—including those that have increased bodily autonomy and access to care— is a huge injustice that flies in the face of everything I believe in. And I couldn’t stay on the sidelines.”
Prior to joining Every Body Texas Danielle was the Chief Program Officer at LifeWorks, an Austin area nonprofit working with homeless youth and youth aging out of the foster care system. Danielle also spent eight years leading on health equity and clinical quality with Seton Healthcare, now Ascension Seton, a network of hospitals, ERs, and clinics in Central Texas. This background in youth social services and healthcare delivery has shaped how Danielle approaches health equity and service delivery. “The frame I go in with: how do we collaborate for the best possible outcomes for the people we serve? Often that means breaking down silos so the client drives the journey, not so we drive the client through the journey.”
“We are excited to have Danielle leading Every Body Texas. In this time of great challenges to sexual and reproductive healthcare access, we need a bold forward-thinking leader.” said Every Body Texas’s Board President, William West.
Under Danielle’s leadership, Every Body Texas will be taking an even stronger stand on access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and bodily autonomy. “We must know what we stand for. We must know who we are, what our work is, and who we are going to be in the world. We have to be bold, because if we’re not we will lose everything we’ve fought so hard to gain in sexual and reproductive healthcare over the last fifty years—and will not be able to imagine or bring about new and important change.”