John Paukstis is the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc., an independent nonprofit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global housing organization that has helped millions of people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. In his current role, John is responsible for daily operations, strategic planning, fiscal solvency, community relations, visibility and promotion of the Habitat brand, fundraising, capital campaigns, faith relations, government relations, real estate acquisition and development, repair programs, financial models, building construction, homebuyer recruitment and underwriting, homebuyer education, policy promotion, staff development, and succession planning. John is responsible for retail implementation, expansion and profitability of ReStore operations. John interfaces with Habitat for Humanity International, serves on national committees, oversees tithing and has led international Global Village Trips.
Since joining Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland in 2006, John has built a leadership team with over fifty years of combined Habitat experience in finance, development and fundraising, community development, and ReStore operations. Under John’s leadership, over 600 projects have been completed in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, helping hundreds of people build strength, stability and self-reliance with affordable home ownership.
Major projects completed under John’s leadership includes the completion of multi-family townhouse communities in Burtonsville, MD and Gaithersburg, MD, acquisition and rehabilitation of vacant foreclosed properties, and construction of Universal Design homes that are designed to accommodate family members with mobility challenges.
Originally from the South Side of Chicago, John worked in the private sector for 25 years. After holding executive positions at Safeguard Business Systems, he became President and CEO of McBee Systems, Inc., leading the organization from $50 million to $100 million while taking the company from private to public ownership.
John is a founding member of the Montgomery Housing Alliance (MHA), a coalition of non- profit providers of affordable housing in Montgomery County. He has also led initiatives to provide major home repairs for low-income senior citizens who want to age in place and oversees an initiative called CAPABLE with Johns Hopkins Health Systems and the Weinberg Foundation, which funds critical repairs for older adults.
With a lifetime commitment to social justice, John has chaired committees for settlement of refugee families and testified in support of racial equity and social justice initiatives.
John is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Leadership. He and his wife Beverly live in Bethesda, MD, have four grown children, and six grandchildren.