Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk announced late last week Tracey A. Edwards has been named its new executive director.
Mrs. Edwards, a Long Island native, is a graduate of John H. Glenn High School in Elwood, joining the New York Telephone Company as an operator in 1979 and advanced over 37 years to become Verizon’s regional president for Long Island and upstate New York.
“Suffolk County is my home and I have dedicated my career to making it a better place for families to grow and communities to flourish; what better partner to have in this journey than Habitat Suffolk?” said Mrs. Edwards in a press release. “Their mission, much like my own, is to help the hardworking people of our region achieve their dreams and inspire others through their own sweat equity; homeownership is the cornerstone of that path. The economic landscape of Suffolk County is diverse and challenging, and I look forward to leading Habitat Suffolk and working alongside our talented staff in developing strong, stable homes and neighborhoods.”
Mrs. Edwards’ has served on the Huntington Town Board, where she held the position of councilwoman from 2013 to 2017. As an elected official, she co-sponsored affordable housing legislation in the town of Huntington. In addition, Mrs. Edwards serves as the Long Island regional director of the NAACP and has previously served as vice president of the Elwood Board of Education and chairwoman of the Town of Huntington’s Planning Board.
“Mrs. Edwards epitomizes the sense of community activism that we value at Habitat Suffolk,” said Raymond Homburger, chairman of Habitat Suffolk’s Board of Directors. “Throughout her career and volunteerism, she has improved the lives of those she has served, and we know her fresh perspective and enthusiasm will be an asset to our organization. The need for decent and affordable housing has grown exponentially, and Habitat Suffolk is at the forefront of building and renovating homes to combat the systemic issues we face as a region. We are thrilled that Mrs. Edwards has joined us in achieving our goals.”