pg14friendraiser0026John Paukstis, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc.

John has served as Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland since 2006. Under John’s leadership, over 500 projects have been completed in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, helping hundreds of people build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. John’s passion is providing affordable and healthy housing for low to moderate income individuals, also known as workforce populations, and to provide repairs and weatherization of owner-occupied homes primarily for older adults and veterans who want to age in place. John led a campaign to build 24 new homes and repairs of 18 existing homes in El Salvador as part of Montgomery County Government’s Sister Cities Initiative. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, John spent over 25 years in the for-profit sector, including senior executive roles at Safeguard Business Systems and McBee Systems, Inc. He facilitated CEO Roundtable groups in Philadelphia and strategic planning for businesses throughout the U.S. John owned and operated building construction companies in Florida prior to relocating to Maryland. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Prospectives in Non Profit Leadership. John is an active member of the Montgomery Housing Alliance (MHA), an advocacy organization that organizes people focused on the promotion of social justice issues, which includes healthy and affordable housing. As a yoga practitioner and certified instructor, John has volunteered to lead yoga classes for low-income seniors. He and his wife Beverly, live in Bethesda, have four grown children, and six grandchildren.