Habitat for Humanity, Newark Names New Executive Director
NEWARK, NJ – September 6, 2012 – The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, Newark today announced it has appointed Jeffrey J. Farrell as the new organization’s new executive director.
Although the Board conducted a nationwide search and interviewed numerous candidates, Farrell remained the leading choice for the vital position. The Montclair resident has volunteered as chair of the organization’s board for numerous years, has been serving as interim executive director in recent months and has been active in the New Jersey building industry for most of his professional career.
“Jeff has a clear vision of where Habitat for Humanity, Newark needs to be in the next five to 10 years,” said Carlton Daniels, chair of the Habitat, Newark Board of Directors. “The Board was impressed with his ongoing, steadfast commitment to this organization and his ability to bring many new partners to the table to help advance our very important mission in Newark and Essex County. Jeff has shown the ability to bring together the construction, land acquisition, fundraising and community outreach efforts that Habitat, Newark needs.”
As Board Chair, Farrell helped secure financing for new construction projects. Additionally, he was instrumental in creating the Habitat Newark-New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) School of Architecture partnership, which resulted in NJIT’s NCARB award-winning multi-family design. He has also developed a strategic plan to launch a new “Virtual Restore.” In addition, he has created new potential funding streams, such as the “Community Service Certificate Program,” the “Corporate Challenge Program” and the “Building on Faith Program.”
Farrell has extensive knowledge of real estate development, construction and historical restoration. As chair of Habitat Newark’s construction committee, he oversaw Habitat’s NSP 2 program and the organization’s partnership with both the Ironbound Community Corp and the City of Newark.
Farrell said he is honored to receive the faith of the Board and is looking forward to accomplishing the aggressive goals he has set forth to become a high-achieving Habitat.
“We need to construct many, many more homes for hard-working families who need our help in Newark and the surrounding Essex County communities,” Farrell said. “With this stubborn economy, many feel they will never enjoy the benefits of home ownership. My job is to create the opportunity for any deserving family willing to be part of our program.”
Farrell has more than 10 years experience in real estate development, construction, acquisition and rehab of distressed properties, strategic management, government and investor relations, and property management.
Farrell is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.A. in Psychology. He is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, The Associated General Contractors of America, and a former member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. Additionally, he serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Affordable Housing Developer, HOMECorp of Montclair and the Kip’s Castle Conservancy Board for the County of Essex.