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Rey Ramsey new chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s Board

Rey Ramsey elected Habitat for Humanity International Board chair

AMERICUS, Ga., Dec. 1, 2003 – Habitat for Humanity International’s Board of Directors elected Rey Ramsey, a longtime Habitat volunteer and advocate for helping low-income people improve their lives, as chair.

Ramsey, of Washington, D.C., is an internationally respected social entrepreneur who has created pioneering intersectoral partnerships between nonprofits, government and the private sector. He has served on HFHI’s board since 1998 and has been involved with Habitat since 1986, when he was a volunteer in Portland, Ore.

“Rey Ramsey is an incredibly talented and dedicated man,” says Millard Fuller, HFHI founder and president. “Habitat for Humanity International is so fortunate to have him as the new chairman of the international board. His extensive experience in the non-profit housing sector makes him uniquely suited to serve in this crucial leadership role in the worldwide work of Habitat for Humanity.”

“Habitat for Humanity is much more than an organization. It is an emerging

social movement on a broad scale,” says Ramsey. “Our view is that decent housing should be a universal goal for everyone – a matter of conscience. I am deeply honored to serve as chairman.”

Ramsey is chief executive officer of One Economy Corp., a national nonprofit organization that helps bring access to technology into affordable housing around the United States and uses that technology to connect low-income people to information and tools that help them improve their lives.

Ramsey is the author, with Ben Hecht, of “ManagingNonprofits.org: Dynamic Management for the Digital Age” (John Wiley & Sons). Before the founding of One Economy, Ramsey served as president and chief operating officer of The Enterprise Foundation.

Before joining Enterprise, Ramsey served in the cabinets of two governors of Oregon as the state’s director of housing and community services.

In addition to Habitat for Humanity International, Ramsey serves on many boards, including the Schnitzer Investment Corp., the advisory board of the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and Kaboom!. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

Board members give of their time – Habitat for Humanity International does not pay board members – to oversee the housing ministry’s mission in the United States and throughout the world.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.