HYP Steering Committee
Become a Leader
The Steering Committee keeps Habitat and HYP on-track with its mission and is responsible for:
- Strategic planning
- Volunteer and community engagement
- Creating fun, meaningful and safe experiences for our volunteers
- Advocating for affordable housing
To join the next crew of leaders, or if you have ideas of other ways in which you can help, please drop us a line. Let us know your interests, and we’ll target an opportunity that best utilizes your talents.
Chair: Jenna Caluza
The Steering Committee Chairperson guides the Steering Committee, monitoring performance and decisions to ensure the Mission is represented in each decision.
Jenna’s first experience volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was on a mission trip to help rebuild Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit. Born and raised in Seattle, she has seen the ups and downs of the local housing market and many of her friends have moved out of the area due to lack of affordable housing. Habitat does amazing work to help keep people in the area and support families who really need it. She hopes to connect young professionals with Habitat’s volunteer opportunities and Build the HYP!
Interim Vice Chair: Chris Thomas
Chris first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity through the Navy. When he and his wife Samara moved to Seattle in 2013, they decided to make volunteering a priority and found HYP.
Secretary: Frank Hinck
After 4 years on staff with Habitat for Humanity New York City (2 years in AmeriCorps + 2 years as ReStore Manager) in March 2016 Frank moved from NYC to Seattle with his girlfriend. Through his time in AmeriCorps he was able to work side-by-side with future Habitat Homeowners and was inspired by their determination. Frank’s goal is to help spread Habitat’s Mission in Seattle/King County, and to open up volunteer opportunities to our young professionals.
Communications Chair: Elizabeth Blanton
The Communications Chair is responsible for keeping the flow of information from HYP consistent and clear and making sure our Seattle community knows about the happenings of HYP. This includes maintaining our website, sending a monthly e-newsletter, and social media to promote HYP build dates, social events, fundraising efforts, and committee vacancies.
Elizabeth moved to Seattle with her husband in 2013 and began looking for a consistent volunteer opportunity to build relationships, give back to the community, and use her graphic design training. She found HYP at the recommendation of a co-worker who had previously been on staff at Habitat for Humanity. Elizabeth’s first Habitat experience was a home repair in Greenville, SC. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys hiking and traveling.
Events Chair: Kristen Aleccia
The Events Chair helps enable HYP host events regularly, and works with other Steering Committee members to increase the level of enjoyment and fun for everyone! From happy hours, post-build fellowship, and special events – this position is about organizing and bringing people together to have a good time, connected by a good cause. This role is vital to the success of HYP not only because we like to have fun but also because it is often the gateway for newcomers who want to come check us out before joining.
Kristen grew up in Phoenix, AZ. She currently works at Allstate as an injury adjuster. Kristen previously volunteered as an Event Coordinator for a different non-profit organization in Arizona and was looking for another group to get involved with. Her hobbies include hiking, playing with her pup Dexter, and exploring Seattle.
OPEN STEERING COMMITTEE POSITIONS
We take resourceful thinkers and doers and develop future leaders. Join a Committee and see your ideas through to fruition! The following positions are currently open to anyone who has experience in the respective area.
Role Description: The Social Events Chair helps enable HYP host events regularly, and works with other Steering Committee members to increase the level of enjoyment and fun for everyone! From happy hours, post-build get togethers, and special events – this position is about organizing and bringing people together to have a good time, connected by a good cause. This role is vital to the success of HYP not only because we like to have fun, but because it is often the gateway for newcomers who want to come check us out before joining a build.
Role Description: The Fundraising Chair is responsible for creating a development plan, recruiting and managing fundraising committee members, organizing fundraising events and tracking donations.
Role Description: The Advocacy Chair is a new role on the Steering Committee. We would like to see this person work with the affiliate to develop an advocacy plan, develop educational materials to share with our members, and build relationships with other young professionals groups and relevant organizations.
To apply, please fill out the application form online and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your resume. All applicants who have not previously been involved with HYP will go through a 60-90 day “dating period” to ensure the role is a good fit for both HYP and the candidate. Don’t worry… we won’t bite. We just want to make sure that it’s a good fit for both sides and won’t take it personally if you decide during that time that we are not the organization for you.