The board of directors for North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity has named Katy Zilverberg as executive director.

Zilverberg has worked with NWV Habitat for the last three years, first as program manager and then as resource development director.

“I’m excited to take on this new challenge in a time when we are looking for innovative ways to expand our impact in the community around us and serve more families,” said Zilverberg in a press release. “A lot of work has been done in recent years to strengthen Habitat’s position in the North Willamette Valley and I’m eager to build on that success.”

Growing up in Sublimity with family in the Mount Angel area, Zilverberg values her ties to the rural, farming communities that NWV Habitat serves.

With a dream of someday running her own nonprofit organization, Zilverberg earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management.

“I’m driven by a desire to contribute to something that is bigger than myself,” Zilverberg said. “Having the opportunity to achieve that in the beautiful countryside where I was raised is really a blessing.”

Zilverberg officially took the reins at NWV Habitat on July 1, when past executive director, Jerry Ambris, begins his new role as executive director of Mid-Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity in Salem.

North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity serves Woodburn, Scotts Mills, Silverton, Mount Angel, Molalla, Hubbard, Gervais, Canby and Aurora. The local affiliate has built 39 houses locally and has funded the construction of 60 homes in developing countries throughout the world.

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