Episode 3 – Jonathan Reckford: Habitat for Humanity CEO Fosters Radical Inclusion

Published November 25th, 2019

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Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford is committed to solving the problems so many people face when it comes to affordable housing. After years of successfully working at for-profit companies like Disney and Marriott, Jonathan decided to shift careers as he desired to become more of a “servant leader.” Accepting the job as CEO of Habitat in 2005, Jonathan began to look closely at the issues surrounding the housing crisis that ballooned in 2008 during the economic crash, and found himself asking new questions about how to measure success—the quantity of houses being built had been the goal, but being meaningfully involved in reducing the housing deficits in the geographies Habitat served needed to be the new focus. Since Jonathan’s tenure, Habitat has re-navigated how they help people (to the tune of 9 million served per year) and aside from building homes, they pursue true social change by touching on education, financial management, and vocation as part of their services. Jonathan gives us a personal glimpse into what can happen when we focus on creating solutions over being driven by pride or ego and implores us, much like Habitat’s most well-known benefactor, President Jimmy Carter, said in his famous speech: to defer to the “better angels of our nature.”

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Jonathan Reckford

Jonathan Reckford has been CEO of Habitat for Humanity International since 2005. During that time the Christian housing ministry has grown from serving 25,000 families a year to helping more than 300,000 families in fiscal year 2014. Habitat focuses on being a catalyst to help families address holistic housing issues and to help revitalize communities around the world. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries.


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