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Habitat for Humanity of Durham Names New CEO

December 6, 2022

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is pleased to announce the appointment of Tiana Joyner as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer beginning January 2023. In this role, Joyner will lead the Durham Habitat team in advancing their mission of creating and preserving affordable homeownership opportunities in Durham County.

Joyner’s passion and desire to serve have guided her career to serve more than two decades with organizations that help build vibrant communities and increase economic prosperity for individuals and families in need. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations at Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas. During her years at Volunteers of America, Joyner demonstrated visionary leadership by building strong teams and establishing strategic community relationships. Not only has she been able to meet her professional goals of helping to lead the battle of ending homelessness while addressing social determinants of health, but also her personal aspirations of being a servant leader, wife, and mother.

“I am thrilled that my path has led me to this opportunity to further the Habitat mission of a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live,” says Joyner. “I’m very excited to step into the role of CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Durham. I look forward to engaging with HFHD’s many community partners and leveraging the MacKenzie Scott gift to accelerate affordable homeownership in the Durham community.”

Carleena Deonanan, HFHD Board chair and head of the search committee said, “After considering a strong pool of qualified candidates, our diverse hiring committee unanimously agreed that Tiana was the clear choice. With her demonstrated strong leadership and consistent dedication to the affordable housing mission, Durham Habitat is well positioned to achieve its strategic goals, further serve the community, and thoughtfully expand in the future.”

This appointment comes amidst an affordable housing shortage in the Triangle region. Joyner’s longstanding advocacy for affordable housing, along with her work to end homelessness will be assets in helping the organization identify and implement innovative solutions. Interim CEO Jim Belanger will continue to serve in that role until Joyner begins work with HFHD in January.

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Durham Habitat media inquiries: contact Shannon Massey, Communications and Brand Manager, 919-682-0516, ext 112