Habitat for Humanity International
Government Relations and Advocacy
1424 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005-2429
Our Government Relations and Advocacy team
Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations
Christopher Vincent began working for Habitat for Humanity International in 1997, spending two years in the Latin American office in Costa Rica before moving to the Government Relations and Advocacy team. Vincent’s responsibilities include directing HFHI’s global advocacy strategy, which includes working to influence policy and systems globally to increase access to adequate and affordable housing, including the implementation of HFHI’s first global campaign. He is also responsible for government relations efforts directed at influencing U.S. foreign assistance policy and the United Nations, for managing the global advocacy team and managing the operations of HFHI’s office in Washington, D.C.
Christopher graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a double major in international studies and anthropology.
Piper Hendricks handles internal and external communications around Habitat’s advocacy priorities from the local to the global levels. She works in conjunction with the Government Relations and Advocacy team and Habitat affiliates and national organizations to reach decision-makers and equip the public to do the same. Before joining HFHI, Hendricks litigated human rights cases as the director of the International Justice Project at Human Rights USA and with the International Rights Advocates, before founding a nonprofit organization to make documentary films about human rights. Hendricks graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with degrees in chemistry and communications and earned her law degree with honors from the University of Michigan.
Jane Katz provides housing policy and advocacy advice on HFHI’s international priority issues. Katz manages the Global Housing Indicators initiative and represents HFHI on international coalitions and advisory groups on land, housing policy, gender, disaster risk reduction and urban issues. She has experience working in the public and private sectors in housing finance, policy, regulatory and business/program development. Prior to coming to Habitat, Katz spent 14 years at Fannie Mae in various management positions and 15 years in the U.S. public sector in mortgage finance, regulatory oversight and housing policy at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Katz received a master’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Cincinnati.
Associate Director of State and Local Relations
Director of State and Local Relations
Carolyn Tilney works on a variety of domestic and international projects within the Government Relations and Advocacy division. Her work includes planning for Habitat’s annual legislative conference Habitat on the Hill, assisting with advocacy communications, including the advocacy newsletters, mobilization notices and social media, and conducting public policy research as needed. Tilney graduated from Brown University in 2011 and has worked in the fields of international development and environmental protection in Beijing and Washington, D.C., prior to joining Habitat in September of 2014.