Habitat for Humanity of Dane County announced that its board of directors has chosen Hilary Parker as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Parker will succeed Habitat’s current CEO Valerie Renk on Nov. 1, 2023.
Parker currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for solar design and installation company OnSite Energy in Bozeman, Mont., leading a team of 27 direct reports. With an excellent track record as a compassionate and dynamic leader at both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Parker brings financial and fundraising know-how paired with a true desire to serve her community. She has performed substantial volunteer work for Forward Montana, Compassion Project, and Pride House, as well as serving as a mutual aid organizer in Bozeman.
“Hilary is passionate about the affordable housing crisis, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Habitat family as our new CEO after an extensive national search process,” said Habitat for Humanity of Dane County Board Chair Josh Reiter. “We are thrilled to see what Habitat can achieve under Hilary’s leadership and look forward to continue scaling up Habitat’s homebuilding, home repair, and financial capability training programs throughout Dane County.”
Renk will retire after serving Habitat for Humanity of Dane County for 11 years.
“We are grateful to longtime CEO Valerie Renk for her dedication to Habitat’s mission,” Reiter added. “Due to Valerie’s incredible leadership, Habitat is well positioned for future success.”
Parker is looking forward to returning to Dane County, where she spent nearly a decade prior to moving to Bozeman.
“I am truly committed to helping Dane County families gain access to affordable housing and look forward to creating a meaningful impact throughout the community,” Parker said.
Parker received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has completed continuing education in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice as well as organizational development and fundraising. She earned Emmy and Telly awards for a corporate reputation short film she conceptualized, wrote, and produced, but is most proud of her work as a committed mentor to a handful of young professional women.