Jenny Owens is the faculty executive director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Graduate Research Innovation District, or the Grid. Owens is a passionate social entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in higher education, including eight years at UMB in a graduate health sciences and human services environment. In addition to her experience in higher education, Owens is a social entrepreneur in her own right. She founded Hosts for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that connects families and friends of patients traveling to receive medical care with volunteer hosts offering accommodations in their homes. Owens was a runner-up for the Warnock Social Innovator of the Year award in 2018, part of the 2017-2018 Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab cohort, and one of Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honorees for 2018.