Habitat for Humanity International

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.

JONATHAN RECKFORD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jonathan T.M. Reckford is chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a global Christian housing organization that, since 1976, has helped more than 6.8 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries.

Since 2005, Habitat’s 1,400 U.S. affiliates and more than 70 country programs have grown from serving 125,000 individuals each year to helping more than 1.8 million people annually build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Reckford graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He was also the recipient of a Henry Luce Scholarship, which enabled him to do marketing work for the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee and coach the Korean rowing team in preparation for the 1988 Olympics.

He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector, including executive and managerial positions at Goldman Sachs, Marriott, The Walt Disney Co., and Best Buy. Following his tenure as executive pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church near Minneapolis, Minn., he was appointed CEO of HFHI in 2005.

He serves on the boards of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum.

Reckford is the author of a book titled Creating a Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours, he and his wife, Ashley, have three children and live in Atlanta.