Owen Ballard

Development & Camping Programs Director

Owen joined the Camp Fire staff in January 2021 as the Development & Camping Programs Director. Owen is a former Hantesa camper, Apprentice, Camp Fire Club member, seasonal camp counselor, and volunteer club leader. He even met his wife, Kacie, while working at camp!

Owen holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Child, Adult, and Family Services and another bachelor’s degree in Biology. Owen also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Drake University. Prior to his time at Camp Fire, Owen worked for a variety of community causes including housing, arts and culture, and youth development.

In his role as Development & Camping Programs Director, Owen is responsible for fundraising and oversight of all Camp Fire Heart of Iowa programs. He is passionate about creating partnerships and services which make fun, enriching activities accessible to all kids and teens.