ATLANTA (Oct. 25, 2007)– Tony Lanigan, director of a project management consultancy in Auckland, New Zealand, has been elected to serve as vice chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. Lanigan was chosen to become an officer of the 28-member board that oversees the organization’s mission of building simple, decent housing in partnership with people in need throughout the world.
“Substandard shelter and affordable housing challenges are found in every country, in every community,” said Lanigan. “I look forward to helping Habitat for Humanity expand its capacity to serve, in partnership, with even more families in need.”
Lanigan, who holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and has attended postgraduate management training courses at Stanford and MIT, has been a principal of a major multi-discipline consultancy and a general manager for one of New Zealand’s largest construction companies. Currently, Lanigan is managing director of a project management consultancy that focuses on strategic decision making, property master planning and development.
Instrumental in establishing Habitat for Humanity in New Zealand, Lanigan chairs the national organization. He has assisted Habitat’s Asia Pacific area with numerous consulting assignments in Indonesia and is currently chairing the Tsunami project management control groups for Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Lanigan has served on a number of boards including a community-owned infrastructural funding agency (Infrastructure Auckland) and the New Zealand Housing Foundation, a capacity-building agency for third sector housing initiatives. He’s also been chancellor at Auckland University of Technology and director of several private and publicly owned construction and building materials distribution companies.
Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board terms are two years and each member may serve four consecutive terms.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
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 www.habitat.org .