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Former Habitat for Humanity CEO Paul Leonard receives humanitarian award

ATLANTA (April 21, 2009) — Former Habitat for Humanity International chief executive officer Paul Leonard will be honored for his work as an advocate for Equal Housing Opportunities and social justice when he receives the 2009 Humanitarian Award sponsored by the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice. The award honors outstanding members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community for their work to promote inclusion and social justice.

“Paul Leonard has served Habitat for Humanity faithfully and well for many years, both before and after his tenure as Habitat’s CEO,” said Jonathan Reckford, current CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “His contribution to the struggle to end poverty housing and promote social justice worldwide is an inspiration to all of us. Paul likes to say that ‘the world needs you now.’ That is a call that Paul himself has answered with great distinction. On behalf of the entire Habitat family, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Paul on receiving this well-deserved award.”

Leonard—a retired real estate and construction industry executive, onetime pastor and longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer—served as Habitat’s CEO in 2004–2005 and was responsible for the overall management of the house-building ministry. Prior to becoming CEO, Leonard worked as Habitat’s managing director, making a commitment of two years of full-time service at Habitat’s headquarters in Americus, Georgia to help the organization plan for the future.

The Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice began presenting the Humanitarian Award in 1957. Leonard will be recognized during the annual Humanitarian Award dinner in Charlotte on April 21.

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 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit