We are excited to announce that Habitat has a new executive director.
Andrew Szalay, who most recently served as our organization’s director of operations and interim executive director, has been appointed by Habitat’s board to the leadership role.
Andrew brings with him 15 years of experience in leading discussion over housing and land use issues. He has lobbied legislators to maintain affordability in homeownership, as well as helped achieve a leniency period in examinations for Habitat for Humanity in implementing new mortgage disclosures. He negotiated a refined approach to underwriting energy efficiency loans and has been a consultant to corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, and ordinary Americans to influence decision-makers on subjects ranging from affordable housing to land conservation.
Over the past several years, Andrew has been extremely fortunate to work with some remarkable people who have given him the opportunity to learn and grow professionally. He has helped candidates for office and a Member of Congress respond to the needs of their districts. He also represented the Mortgage Bankers Association, starting at the beginning of the foreclosure and credit crisis in 2007, where he filled various roles in its public policy situation room. Recently, Andrew managed state and local housing policy issues across the country as the director of state and local relations for Habitat for Humanity International.
Andrew has accumulated over 135 contact hours of education in project management, earned the Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation in 2010, and has a B.A. in political science from Canisius College of Buffalo, New York.
In Fall of 2017, Andrew accepted a role as director of operations with Lancaster Lebanon Habitat and moved with his family from their home in Washington, DC. He is excited to expand new homeownership initiatives, such as neighborhood revitalization and our home repair program, so that Habitat can address a broader set of needs that homeowners can face. He is thrilled to oversee a talented team of committed volunteers and staff, keeping Habitat’s promises to its homeowners, homebuyers, local partners and the communities we serve.
In his spare time, aside from his career and the time he spends with his family, Andrew is a freelance writer and maintains a respected blog about adventure and mountaineering history that has over 1,000 subscribers.