When did you join the Board of Directors?
February 27, 2019
Please tells us a little bit about yourself.
I currently live in Edmonds with my wife and two young boys. We love to explore new places, play at the beach, and go camping in our beautiful mountains and forests. I love to cook and grill and share my joy of food with family and friends through backyard BBQs and summer picnics. My secret goal in life is to enter a national BBQ festival and win a medal!
What is your professional background?
I’ve been working in the construction and real estate industries as an architect, builder and realtor for close to 20 years. I currently work as a real estate broker while also running my own architecture practice providing residential design and consulting services. I’ve had the joy of helping people design, build, and purchase their homes for most of my career.
What brought you to Habitat?
I’ve had an interest and concern for affordable housing since I began studying architecture and urban planning during my undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley. Since then I’ve worked as a carpenter for a small developer building affordable housing in Oakland, California, volunteered with different Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country, and eventually ended up on staff as a construction crew leader and site supervisor at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville in Virginia.
What was your role with Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County prior to becoming board president?
Serving on the Board of Directors and with the construction committee.
What are you most looking forward to while you serve as the board president?
My greatest experiences with Habitat for Humanity have been working alongside partner families and the communities that came to support them as they built their own homes. I look forward to partnering with our board, staff, and volunteers to continue developing and growing our organization with the mindset of bringing people together to build community as we build homes. I am excited to build relationships with our partner families and to have the privilege of welcoming them to their new homes.
Where would you like to see Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County 10 years from now?
As Snohomish County continues to grow and housing affordability becomes more challenging, my hope is that Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County will meet this need by not only building more homes, but by galvanizing our communities to action in loving and supporting our neighbors. I would like to see Habitat homes and developments become community gathering spaces where neighbors share stories, meals, and support for each other. I would like to see Habitat Snohomish partnering with fellow housing organizations to fill in the gaps across the affordable housing spectrum. My hope is to see communities transformed as Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County works alongside a growing network of residents, volunteers, and supporters in pursuit of our mission to build homes, communities, and hope.