Miles Owen
Pronouns
He/ Him/His
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Planner, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Miles Owen was born just a little more than 30 some odd years ago at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Upper Darby. Although he was unfortunately moved away from the Philadelphia area a few months later, he was able to overcome this deficiency in his life by moving back to the city four years ago.

In this period away from Philly, he spent time growing up in Minnesota and Nebraska and graduated from high school in South Carolina. After high school, he lived and worked in California, Arizona, Louisiana, Oregon, Kentucky, Washington DC, and Fiji as a wild land firefighter, wilderness EMT, paramedic, and Peace Corps volunteer. In those roles, he responded to a wide range of emergency situations and saw how integrally connected urban planning and community organizing are to natural disasters and climate change. This led to a return to Philadelphia and a dual degree graduate program in City Planning and Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he also served as president of the graduate student government and worked with a diverse range of student groups and university administrators to advocate for improved mental health resources, increased diversity initiatives, and promoting a vibrant graduate student community.

Luckily, he was able to stay in the city of his birth after graduation and currently works on a range of environmental issues as a city planner with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Despite being back in the city of Philadelphia for only a few short years, he has quickly come to love the food, art, street life, parks, public spaces, and most of all, the people of Philadelphia. He can most often be found wandering the streets of South Philadelphia looking for the perfect taco or napping in his hammock at one of Philadelphia's fantastic parks.