Elisa Owen was educated at Emory University, the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she received an M.A. in international relations and economics, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Her work experience includes time in the international energy practice of a Washington DC consulting firm focused on the economics of electric sector privatization. She then joined a subsidiary of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF), the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), to support businesses and governments around the world with the integration of renewable energy sources into their energy production plans. Returning to Kentucky, Ms. Owen served as Executive Director of Breaking New Grounds, a non-profit compost farm, using its rich product to grow organic greens and then sell them to local restaurants.