Former Habitat worker returns as its new executive director

Posted 11/7/17

Tammy Johnson has returned to Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland after a hiatus from the organization, and one of the first events she was involved in was the dedication of a new home in Victory …

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Former Habitat worker returns as its new executive director


Tammy Johnson has returned to Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland after a hiatus from the organization, and one of the first events she was involved in was the dedication of a new home in Victory Cove.

She is the new executive director for the organization, and is looking forward to her return. Johnson is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland as she spent four years with Habitat of Cleveland as resource development director before starting the Female Idea Tank in Cleveland. In that position, she was able to launch a development team responsible for six-figure fundraising at the affiliate.

In addition to starting the Women Build annual signature event, she also successfully led the Volunteer Services, Marketing, Events, Grants and Community Development departments to advance Habitat’s mission in the community. Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland announces that Tammy Johnson will join the organization as executive director.

"Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland has always had a piece of my heart, and I am excited to return," Johnson said. “I have always been passionate about doing what I can to help deserving families who are working hard to earn their new home.

"I know there is a team of amazing staff, board members, volunteers and donors, and I am excited about the next chapter we are stepping into together.”

Johnson is replacing Chip Willis, who has moved into retirement after two years with the organization. She was selected from a list of qualified candidates, and began the executive director's position in October.

The new executive director, a graduate of Lee University, has over 25 years of experience in business and non-profit settings. 

"Being hired as executive director at Habitat for Humanity is a homecoming for Tammy Johnson,” said Habitat for Humanity Board President Keith Barrett.  “In her previous four year employment with Habitat as resource development director, she saw many successes including a fundraising campaign that raised $600,000, coordination of more than 1,000 volunteers and implementation and development of half a dozen events. We anticipate that Tammy will bring that same energy and success to our affiliate as its executive director.”

Johnson is looking forward to leading and has a vision for growth, stability, integrity and fiscal responsibility. She is excited to work with the community and leaders once again. She is also excited to be working with several staff members who were at Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland while she was there.

She hit the ground running, being involved in the most recent Habitat home dedication on Nov. 2.

"I returned to Habitat, and the first thing that I am involved in is this dedication," she said. As with anyone selected as a Habitat home recipient, those moving into the homes's histories are thoroughly checked.

"Helping others, in some cases for the first time, get into a home gives me such a great feeling," Johnson said. "I can't wait for the next home recipient."

Board member Jeff Morelock said Johnson's feelings of wanting to help others led to her selection.

“The board looks forward to working with her and her team to advance the goal of providing more affordable housing for more families in our community,” said Morelock.

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build and repair homes, communities and hope. Habitat provides a long-term impact that changes the lives of families in Bradley County by partnering with them to build better lives and stronger communities.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, visit


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