HabiJax Announces Retirement Plans for President & CEO

Posted March 6th, 2020 by Candace Johnson

Effective December 31, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL (February 27, 2020) – The Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. Board of Directors announces that after 23 years of dedicated service, President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke will be retiring effective December 31, 2020. O’Rourke shared her plans with the board of directors and staff earlier today.

“It has been my privilege to serve this extraordinary organization. I am grateful for all our homeowners, partners, stakeholders and employees who have invested their time, talents and treasures to advance our mission of putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, community and hope.” O’Rourke said. “HabiJax has a strong leadership team and I am confident the organization will continue to thrive with the very talented and committed team members that are in place. With this confidence, I am looking forward to this new season of my life by spending time with my family and friends.”

O’Rourke joined HabiJax in 1997 as the family selection coordinator, responsible for approving qualified families for homeownership. After several promotions, the board of directors appointed her as Interim CEO in August 2004 and named her President & CEO in May 2005.

Among a few of the highlights of HabiJax work during O’Rourke’s tenure:

  • Homeownership opportunities provided for 2,050 local families and over 850 families globally
  • Opened two ReStores (home improvement discount stores) to diversify revenue through an earned income model
  • Committed its experience, housing products and services to revitalizing the historic neighborhood of New Town. Through a capital campaign, over $16 million has been invested in more than 400 new homes and almost 200 rehabilitation projects in New Town.
  • Partnered with the New Town Success Zone in a collaborative approach to community building and economic development
  • Developed the first Habitat townhome community in Jacksonville
  • Initiated a private, interest bearing mortgage funding option to complement the traditional no interest model
  • Honored by the Urban Land Institute of North Florida with an Award for Excellence for its contributions to the New Town Success Zone in 2014 and as an Organization of Influence in 2019

“We thank Mary Kay for her dedication, passion and the vision she has provided to the organization for so many years. We look forward to following her retirement story and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of HabiJax.” said J. Malcolm Jones III, HabiJax Board Chairman.

HabiJax will immediately commence a search for the new President & CEO. For additional information, please contact: hr@habijax.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax):
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, also known as HabiJax, was founded in 1988 and has become the largest non-profit affordable homeownership provider in Duval County. HabiJax is considered to be one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services to more than 2,300 families. In addition, HabiJax is an advocate for affordable housing and fair housing policies and provides workshops and other training to help families improve their housing conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.habijax.org or follow us on Facebook at @HabiJaxfans.


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