Kari Johnsen

Executive Director

Kari has a strong background in nonprofit management and a personal connection with Habitat’s mission. She’s originally from Lordsburg, New Mexico, but has been an Oregonian for 25 years and is a graduate of Marylhurst University.

In 2005, she co-founded a local nonprofit called Financial Beginnings, which teaches financial literacy to teens and young adults. Two of her recent positions include: Asset Manager for the Farmworker Housing Development, where she was responsible for coordinating, planning and monitoring the operational and financial performance of the corporations housing portfolio; and Regional Director for Operation Homefront, which connects donors to military families through a robust array of life-changing programs. She has 15 years of combined nonprofit management experience.

Habitat for Humanity’s mission is something Kari feels strongly about. Growing up in a single-parent home, she herself experienced homelessness as a child. Through hard work and support, she was able to overcome the statistical barriers of homelessness. This is why Kari has a commitment to give back to community organizations that step up and take on the challenge of supporting those that need it most.