WHO WE ARE: Meet our Executive Committee
Tori Vogel / HYPDC President
Tori gained an interest in expanding affordable housing opportunities in the district when volunteering at a local non-profit that connects individuals with employment and housing opportunities. Shocked at how limited the options were for many of her clients, Tori decided she would like to advocate for the expansion of affordable housing particularly for family units and joined HYPDC.
Katie Wiacek / HYPDC Vice-President
Katie Wiacek joined HYPDC in 2013 and initially provided support in event marketing and graphics. She subsequently chaired the fundraising and events committee, and planned the first of many inaugural events, including trivia, happy hours, and charity pumpkin carving. Katie participated in her first build in high school and has since supported the mission of Habitat for Humanity, providing affordable homes, which is especially important in the District, one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S. In her non-Habitat hours, Katie currently works in commercial real estate development.
Marcus Jelks / HYPDC Treasurer
Now Treasurer, Marcus Jelks formerly served as the HYPDC President and an ad hoc member. He works as an IT Specialist for a nursing association during the day. His hobbies include film, baseball and trivia contests. He has been a Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. volunteer since 2008. The group’s rapid growth will allow it to assist in Habitat DC’s mission of helping the community.
Andrew Palczewski / Marketing & Communications Co-Chair
Andrew Palczewski serves as social media co-chair for HYPDC. When he’s not taking Instagram photos at HYPDC events, or posting on the DC Habitat Facebook page, he oversees the day-to-day operation of English language social media for the Voice of America, and co-hosts “HashtagVOA,” a weekly, half-hour social media show broadcast online and to global television affiliates. Andrew holds a Bachelors in Political Communication from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and a Masters in Communication from Johns Hopkins University.
Alex Dempsey / Fundraising & Partnerships Committee Chair
Alex initially got involved with Habitat for Humanity while on a Hurricane Katrina relief trip to New Orleans while in high school. While attending Elon University in North Carolina, Alex served as President of the college chapter. He continued to work with New York City Habitat assisting the Board of the Queens ReStore. After living in Philadelphia and New York for a few years, he now works for the World Bank fighting to combat climate change. Outside of work, Alex is an avid golfer, a big reader, and brunch connoisseur.
Chris Sherman / Fundraising & Partnerships Committee Chair
Chris Sherman is co-chair of the Fundraising and Events Committee. He joined HYPDC to help working families achieve their dream of affordable home ownership. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Chris embraces the university motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by partnering with organizations that bolster opportunities for hardworking people. Outside of Habitat, Chris volunteers with CoderDojo, a free coding club that helps young people develop their problem-solving skills through creating websites, apps, and games.
Alex Delaney / HYPDC Executive Committee Ad Hoc Member
Alex began his involvement with Habitat for Humanity five years ago as an AmeriCorps volunteer with an affiliate in the Chicago area. Following his time with AmeriCorps, he continued working with the organization as a program manager at an affiliate on the eastern shore of Maryland. In both positions, he focused on kick starting and developing the affiliates’ Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives. After a job change and relocation to DC in 2014, Alex found that he was having Habitat withdrawals and began getting involved in HYPDC. Having worked on a community level before, he’s well aware of the potential impact that organized voices and action can have on an issue area. In his non-Habitat time, he works for Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm, providing program management services to social sector projects across a wide variety of issue areas, including environmental conservation, foreign aid, education, and access to legal services.
Paul Stanford / Outreach & Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
In his current role, Paul is responsible for helping members become more engaged in HYPDC supported advocacy events, and to increase members’ knowledge on affordable housing issues in the DC area. He enjoys going into communities with HYPDC members and meeting community members to discuss the importance of Habitat most.
Paul is very active in the field of affordable housing. He currently works for the City of Falls Church, Virginia where one of his main responsibilities is managing the city’s Affordable Dwelling Unit rental and home-ownership program. In addition, Paul was appointed by Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors Chairman, Sharon Bulova, in January of 2016 to serve on the county’s Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board. He also serves on the Policy Advisory Committee at National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Finance and Families Committee at Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia. Paul has also held leadership positions with Habitat affiliates in Michigan and Canada.
Paul has written for several publications on the topic of affordable housing and has spoke on several panels related to housing. His eventual career goal is to own a real estate development firm focused on building affordable housing. He’s also an avid sneaker collector.
Eric Frady / Outreach & Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
Eric Frady joined Habitat Young Professionals of Washington DC in 2015 and currently serves as Community Outreach and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair. Last fall Eric visited Guatemala for the first time while participating in a Habitat for Humanity International Global Village Trip. When he’s not advocating for affordable housing at rallies and campaign meetings, Eric works in DC as a corporate finance professional in the mortgage industry.