Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity: Home Is Where Our Hearts Are

December 25, 2020

Hosted by Robert Rimm

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Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build communities and hope.

Habitat partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. With their 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.

Habitat now works in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries, and has helped more than 35 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Jonathan Reckford began his journey as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International in 2005. Drawing upon his decades of experience ranging from Wall Street to a local church, Jonathan has led the global nonprofit’s tremendous growth. Through his management, Habitat has grown from serving 125,000 individuals a year to helping more than 7 million people last year tangibly achieve so much through shelter.

Jonathan has been deeply influenced by his parents, who were active in the civil-rights movement, and by his grandmother, U.S. Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, widely known for her commitment to justice. Jonathan seeks to follow in their footsteps by leading Habitat’s efforts to draw nearer to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

His path to Habitat was neither immediate nor direct—with stops at Goldman, Sachs; the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea; Marriott; The Walt Disney Company; Musicland; Best Buy; and Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota. Every position prepared him to lead Habitat with a passion for the mission, tireless commitment to the work and bold vision for the future.

Jonathan holds an MBA from Stanford and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. In 1986, he was awarded a Henry Luce Fellowship.