Habitat for Humanity International elects new members to its board of directors

ATLANTA (March 22, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity International is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its board of directors. The new members include Kimberlee Cornett, managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice; Aubree Curtis, co-head of Creative Artists Agency’s Social Impact; Boris Henderson, vice president at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership; and Jason Kilar, entrepreneur and investor.

“I am excited to welcome these outstanding individuals to our board,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Each one brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in areas that will support Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to addressing affordable housing issues and we are honored to have their leadership.”

Kimberlee Cornett is the managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice. Cornett oversees Kresge’s $350 million impact investing fund that makes debt and equity investments in nonprofit and for-profit organizations working on key strategic priorities of the foundation. Before joining Kresge, Cornett worked at Enterprise Community Investment, a Maryland-based housing nonprofit organization. She was appointed a White House Fellow by former President Bill Clinton and served at the Small Business Administration. Cornett also once led a local Habitat for Humanity in Virginia. Cornett is a graduate of Hood College in Maryland.

Aubree Curtis is the co-head of CAA Social Impact, a division of Creative Artists Agency, a global entertainment and sports agency. During her time at CAA, Curtis has launched business-defining impact work with companies like Delta Air Lines, and was a founding partner of their CSR platform “Delta’s Force for Global Good” with Habitat for Humanity International. Previously, as an entertainment marketing executive at CAA, Curtis represented many of the world’s leading corporate brands, including Coca-Cola, Starwood Hotels and Keurig Green Mountain. Curtis holds her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a Markets and Management certificate from Duke University.

Boris Henderson is the vice president of Commercial Real Estate and Special Initiatives at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. In his role, Henderson executes critical development plans for vacant parcels of land or blighted properties identified for redevelopment. He also cultivates key public/private partnerships, which impact commercial or residential development in targeted communities. Henderson previously held Commercial Real Estate, Community Development Finance and Commercial Credit Risk Management roles at Wells Fargo and predecessor banks. At the age of 11, Henderson moved into a Habitat for Humanity home with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Davidson College and obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

Jason Kilar is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Kilar was the founding CEO of Hulu, where he oversaw the launch and growth of the online video service during its first six years. Previously, Kilar served nine years in various senior leadership positions with Amazon, including senior vice president of Amazon's Worldwide Application Software division. Kilar was also a co-founder of the video service Vessel. Kilar received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to the new members, four Habitat for Humanity International board members were re-elected to serve an additional two-year term and one is retiring from the board.

Joe L. Price of Charlotte, N.C., was re-elected for a second term as board chair. Other re-elected officials include Bradford L. Hewett of Medicine Lake, Minn., as vice chair; Koome Kiragu of Nairobi, Kenya, as secretary; and Cary Evert of Dallas, Texas, as treasurer. Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros of San Antonio, Texas, is retiring from the board after serving as vice chair.

Habitat’s board is responsible for establishing policy and guiding the organization’s efforts to build or improve affordable housing in partnership with families across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat board members serve for two-year terms that can be renewed up to four times.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up 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. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit altenheime-hamburg.info.