Eli Owen, Deputy Commander of STAC, Cal OES

Keynote Speaker

In 2015, Eli Owen was appointed Deputy Commander of the California State Threat Assessment Center (STAC) in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). The STAC is the primary fusion center for the State of California as recognized by the Governor and DHS. Mr. Owen manages the day-to-day operations of the Center’s activities and also serves as a top security advisor to the Director of Cal OES, who is the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor.

Prior to joining Cal OES, Mr. Owen served for over eight years in the CIA, where he held a variety of analytical and management positions. Driven by the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Mr. Owen secured employment in the CIA, where he quickly rose to become a recognized analyst and intelligence officer. In this position, he monitored cyber threat actors and terrorist groups in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, closely collaborating with partners at the federal, state, and local levels to identify and counter persistent threats to the US and its allies. From 2010 to 2012, he completed an assignment abroad serving in a US Embassy as a security advisor to the Ambassador.

Mr. Owen has been recognized with several awards from the US Intelligence Community for his leadership and professional achievements, both in the US and abroad. He has traveled to over a dozen countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Born in Lake Tahoe and raised in Sacramento, California, Mr. Owen completed a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California in 2016. Mr. Owen has also studied at Stanford University and the University of London.