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Habitat for Humanity International thanks retiring board members for service

ATLANTA (Oct. 25, 2007) – Three members of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors have completed their terms and will be stepping down this year. The 28-member board oversees the operations and direction of Habitat’s work around the world. Directors are not compensated for their service and are elected to two-year terms that may be renewed four times. Retiring board members are:

• Nic Retsinas, of Providence, R.I., is the director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and served as chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. Prior to his Harvard appointment in March of 1988, Retsinas served as Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as director of the Office of Thrift Supervision. He also served on the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and was the executive director of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation from 1987 to 1993. He received his master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University and his AB in economics from New York University. Retsinas serves on numerous boards in addition to the international board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and has won multiple awards for his service, including induction in the National Housing Hall of Fame. He was named one of the most influential people in real estate by the National Association of Realtors, in home building by Builder Magazine and in multifamily housing by Multi-Housing News.

• Jack Kemp, of Washington, D.C., is the Founder and Chairman of Kemp Partners, a nationally syndicated columnist and serves on a number of boards. He travels extensively in the United States and around the world for lectures as well as business. Kemp served from 1993 to 2004 as co-director of the public policy institute, Empower America, which he founded with former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Jeane Kirkpatrick. Prior to co-founding Empower America, Mr. Kemp served four years as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush. Before his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Kemp represented the Buffalo area and Western New York for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been a key strategic advisor to many corporations and serves on the board for Hawk Corporation, InPhonic, Oracle and Six Flags. He is also an advisory board member of Toyota’s Diversity Initiative; Thomas Weisel Partners, a merchant-banking firm in San Francisco; and Thayer Capital Partners in Washington, D.C. Kemp co-founded the AFL Players Association in 1964 and was elected president for five terms and currently serves as the vice president for NFL Charities. He is also the Chairman of USAFootball, which supports and expands football at all amateur levels. He chaired Habitat for Humanity’s “More than Houses” campaign, serves as a board member for Howard University, as well as for the Schools of Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the University of California Los Angeles.

• Symon Msefula, of Blantyre, Malawi, is the CEO of the Malawi Stock Exchange and has more than 20 years experience in international banking and finance. Prior to joining the Malawi Stock in July of 2002, Msefula worked for 10 years as an executive manager in corporate and merchant banking. His service includes previous and current terms on the boards of several local and international companies and organizations.

“The depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that Nic, Jack and Symon brought to our organization as board members can not be measured,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Their efforts have guided our ministry exceptionally well and are evident in the record number of affordable homes being built worldwide. Their leadership will continue to inspire our efforts as we work to provide simple, decent and affordable shelter with families in need.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit