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First Western

Director of Philanthropic Services

As Director of Philanthropic Services, Alexis Owen guides philanthropic strategy for the company, including the development of corporate social responsibility programming. In addition, she advises First Western clients on their personal giving strategies, educating them on effective philanthropy and helping guide their philanthropic investments.

Alexis is the founder and former executive director of the Young Philanthropists Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering children to give back through its successful Penny Harvest program. Whether teaching the next generation to give back or advising clients about the ins and outs of effective philanthropy, she is dedicated to empowering individuals to make the world a better place.


  • September 11 Quilt Project featured in The New York Times, People Magazine, TIME Magazine, and The Washington Post as well as news programs such as CNN Headline News
  • Class of 2008 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Denver
  • Class of 2004 graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Leadership program
  • Nominated for Outstanding Nonprofit Professional of the Year (2008)
  • Recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s Partners in Philanthropy Award (2009)
  • Nominated for Outstanding Woman in Business (2010)
  • Recipient of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Downtown Volunteer of the Year Award  (2010)
  • Nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty award (2013)
  • Recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals by Colorado Biz magazine (2013) 
  • C-Suite Awards Finalist, Chief Marketing Officer (2015)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • Founder and Board Member of the Young Philanthropists Foundation
  • Founder of the September 11 Quilt Project, a national healing project that received wide acclaim
  • Board member of Grab the Torch
  • Board member B:CIVIC
  • Advisory Board Member of Colorado Succeeds

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