Habitat for Humanity - New York City

Our Team

Habitat NYC is served by a relatively small staff of full-time, part-time and AmeriCorps personnel. We are governed by an independent Board of Directors . We receive advice and support from a Leadership Council comprised of prominent New York City leaders in the faith, corporate, entertainment and academic sectors of the city. Our Borough Leadership Committees help us identify properties, select families and advocate for more affordable housing in the communities where we build.

Executive Team

Karen Haycox, Chief Executive Officer. Karen most recently served as Vice President, Fund Development at Southwest Solutions, a leading provider of both human services and affordable housing and economic development in southwest Detroit. She previously held a number of senior positions with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta. During her career at Habitat for Humanity International, Haycox’s leadership roles included senior positions in the Carter Work Project as well as international & domestic disaster relief focused on the Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina & Rita, Haiti Earthquake, Midwestern tornado outbreaks and Superstorm Sandy. Haycox also managed Habitat for Humanity’s relationships with Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and other key corporate supporters.

Alex Havriliak, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President, has over 30 years of experience managing the finances of both for profit and not for profit organizations. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity New York City, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Volunteers of America-GNY for 14 years. During that time, he developed long-term strategic plans that enabled the agency’s operating budget and services to expand throughout the Greater New York area. Alex spearheaded the development of real estate projects, including a shelter for domestic violence victims, a school for special needs students, and housing for low-income residents. Prior to joining Volunteers of America-GNY, Alex worked as a Controller at The Hospital for Special Surgery and an Assistant Controller at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Alex received an MBA in Finance from Manhattan College and BS in Accounting from St. Francis College.

Sabrina Lippman, Vice President of Resource Development. Sabrina’s career spans 10 years of experience in business development, management and sales for top commercial real estate developers. Before joining Habitat NYC, Sabrina was a Director of Marketing and Business Development for Simon Property Group, where she implemented and oversaw a community partnership program with local non-profit organizations. Prior to that she spent 4 years in San Francisco revitalizing a retail complex with a focus on cultivating startup businesses for Cushman & Wakefield and managed one of the premier shopping destinations in the country for Westfield. Sabrina joined Habitat NYC in 2014 to lead the development and successful  implementation of the corporate program, focused primarily on expanding and diversifying Habitat NYC's base of corporate support. Sabrina is a native New Yorker, University of Rochester alum and proud member of the Habitat for Humanity NYC team.

Heather Phibbs, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, joined Habitat for Humanity NYC in 2016 after serving more than six years as Director of Marketing and Development for Habitat’s Washington, DC affiliate. Prior to her work with Habitat, she held roles at advertising and PR agencies in New York, DC and Frankfurt, Germany.  Her work in the agency world included the development of marketing campaigns for a mix of corporate, non-profit and governmental clients, including Procter & Gamble, SAP Software and the American Heart Association.  A native of Richmond, VA, Heather studied journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She has also worked as a contributing writer for newspapers and travel publications, and she is a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip leader.

Olga Jobe, Vice President of Real Estate and Construction. Olga is a native New Yorker and a seasoned real estate professional with over 10 years of affordable housing experience. In her position, Olga will be working to further Habitat’s goals of providing homeownership opportunities for low-income families. She joins Habitat NYC after working at Comunilife, Inc., Common Ground Community and First Sterling Financial.


Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.

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Homeownership Information Sessions

Learn more about our homeownership program by attending one of our information sessions!

For more information about upcoming sessions, email homeownership@habitatnyc.org or call (646) 779-8846.

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