The affiliate hires Jenny Gonzalez-Bohnert to lead development efforts.
Clearwater, FL – Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties is proud to announce and welcome a new staffing addition: Jenny Gonzalez-Bohnert as Chief Development Officer.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties in on track to complete 65 new homes this year, and recently was recognized as the second largest Habitat affiliate in the country based on new home builds out of the 1,100-affiliate network. The Charity Navigator 4-Star rated organization has seen significant growth over the past five years, growing to a staff of 65 employees and expanding into Pasco County after a merger with the West Pasco affiliate in March of 2019.
“After a record year in 2020, Jenny is coming on at a pivotal time of growth for our affiliate”, says Mike Sutton, President and CEO. “We look forward to her joining our leadership team and introducing her to our donors, volunteers and community partners.”
Jenny will serve on Habitat Pinellas and West Pasco’s Executive Team in her new role. Jenny brings more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, community engagement, membership recruitment, and sales to the organization. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, Jenny oversaw membership efforts at the Dali Museum; resulting in a 25% increase in membership revenue, the museum’s largest increase year-over-year since its inception.
Jenny has been actively involved in Tampa Bay’s performing arts community for several years, having dedicated herself to fundraising, community engagement, and sales at such renowned local art organizations as The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and the Mahaffey Theater. While at the Mahaffey Theater, she played a pivotal role in the creation of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts’ Development team, building it from the ground up. During her first year, Jenny and her team increased membership from 50 to over 500 members.
Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and received her designation as a nationally certified practitioner of Diversity and Inclusion from DiversityFirst. She has lived in St. Petersburg for more than 20 years and looks forward to working with the team at Habitat to further their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and West Pasco Counties
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties has served over 900 families and individuals through its new home buyer and exterior repair programs using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. Candidates must demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat to invest 350 to 450 “sweat equity” hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that homeownership contributes to family stability, leading, in turn, to community stability. Additionally, the affiliate raises funds through their two ReStores, home improvement outlets where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, call (727) 536-4755 or visit www.habitatpwp.org.