Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County has tapped a former vice president at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to become its second chief executive in its 28-year history.
Our local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International announced yesterday that Kamili Williams will begin as the new Chief Executive Officer and President of the corporation on July 17, 2017.
Williams lives with her family in Morris County, coming to Habitat with a Master of Public Administration from Seton Hall University and with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Howard University in DC. Williams formerly worked with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside for over 19 years in multiple roles, most recently as the Vice President of Programs and Services. In that position, she lead a high performance team of 25 staff, leading and managing programmatic operation of the FoodBank's $15-million budget.
In addition, as she stated to the Board of Trustees during her interviews Wednesday evening on June 21, Williams’ past experience as an auditor with Deloitte and Touche equips her with “a fiscal and organizational discipline to assess and analyze operational practices with a proven record of building and leading strong teams, managing through periods of change, and sustaining successful nonprofit operations.”
“Bringing her passion and expertise in serving New Jersey's most desperate and needy families will be one of her strongest contributions,” comments Gerry Leary, the Board Chairperson at Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. “Her knowledge of acquiring and managing federal grants and monitoring the successful implementation of effective programs will be invaluable to Habitat's mission.”
“I am very excited about joining the Habitat family,” Williams stated. “I look forward to continuing the work I feel so passionately about, which is improving the lives of people in our community. I am impressed by the work of Habitat here locally, and look forward to working with the staff and volunteers through this next phase of growth providing people with decent and affordable housing.”
“The board of trustees was impressed with Kamili’s extensive nonprofit experience, outstanding leadership skills, collaborative approach to problem solving and her enthusiasm for our mission,” Habitat’s outgoing president, Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, said in an email announcing the selection. “This smooth transition will only build more credibility and trustworthiness of our affiliate's strength and posture to build more homes and to serve more communities.”
“We strongly believe Kamili is the right person to drive the expansion of Habitat’s influence locally and to grow the number of families who are served by Habitat’s award-winning programs,” Leary said.
“Our local Habitat affiliate is at a critical time in its growth,” said Leary. “It’s an outstanding achievement to find such a seasoned professional who will be entrusted with the organization’s leadership, as we focus on developing the 26 projects in our construction pipeline and launching our first ReStore in Middlesex County.”
Former President and CEO, Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, announced on May 31, 2017 that he would be steping down. Montgomery accepted a position as the new Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He starts on August 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees, under Board Chairperson Leary, immediately formed a Board Search Committee and a transition team to guide the search for a replacement.
Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County is in the growth stage of what it calls “a transition from a 100% volunteer-led organization to a professional staff-driven operation.” Since 2010, Montgomery grew the affiliate operating budget from $175,000 to $3.1-million this past fiscal year, exponentially growing its service area to include Middlesex County through a merger, and advancing its house production to include multi-unit condominium developments. Harnessing federal grants to leverage community resources and local funding, organizational achievements recently include developing internal systems such as accounting and IT as a foundation of future growth and programmatic capacity.
This coming year, the board approved a plan to scale up operations, with a goal to build a 12-unit condominium project in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The ambitious plan also calls for launching its first Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodbridge, to help fund the expansion, which also includes doubling staff size by the end of this fiscal year. The ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation cener whose proceeds are used to build more Habitat homes locally, while providing businesses and individuals an opportunity to donate itmes they no longer need.