Jessica Diederich Named as New Executive Director & CEO of Green Bay Habitat For Humanity

Posted on 12-02-2021

GREEN BAY, WI – Jessica Diederich has been named the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Green Bay Habitat For Humanity.

Vern Peterson, President of the Board of Director stated “We look forward to having Jessica lead the organization with her professional skills and diverse community experiences. She has a wealth of nonprofit experience and business knowledge that provides an enormous opportunity for us to continue on a positive trajectory with the organization’s mission clearly in focus. We are confident in her proven leadership skills, and knowledge of the needs of our community that her passion will serve us well.”

Jessica’s starting date at Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity is December 13th, 2021.

Jessica returns to the organization (volunteer coordinator in 2008-2010) with an impressive background that includes strong business experience, and more than a decade of making an impact with the local nonprofit community.

Her most recent career was with Freedom House in Green Bay where she started just as the new complex opened its doors in November of 2019. Jessica was tasked with setting the operational direction for the new larger facility, developing programming, and managing the staff that assist homeless families with skilled training to get back out on their own, in the Greater Green Bay area. Prior to that Jessica spent almost nine years as the Director of Partnerships & Community Relations for Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors (now, Discover Green Bay). She has also been a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation for over 23 years and a volunteer for Salvation Army for 22 years, to name just a few of her outside interests. 

Habitat also announced that they have promoted Maureen Meinhardt, currently their ReStore Director, to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. Her dedicated efforts during the Capital campaign and ReStore move, along with her previous business experience, sets up the organization for continued success on their important mission.

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Brown County through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. Since founding in 1987, they have built 126 homes in partnership with hardworking families in the community. Please visit for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity builds new construction homes in the Green Bay area and sells them to qualified families at no profit. The Habitat program provides benefits to our partner families and the Green Bay community. Families benefit from decent, affordable housing while the community benefits from the redevelopment of neighborhoods and an increase in tax revenue. The Habitat program does not give houses away. Families must spend “sweat equity” hours helping to build their home, pay a $900 down payment and make monthly mortgage payments. Homes are made affordable due to the volunteer labor used to build the home and the 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat. To see what we’re working on now, check out our Current Builds page!

Habitat homes are build according to these three standard principles:

  1. Simple:
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  2. Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  3. Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

The first step in becoming a Habitat homeowner is to attend an informational Application Meeting. At the informational session, you will find out about our program, see what a typical Habitat home looks like, and learn how to accurately complete your application. Applicants and co-applicants must attend a meeting to receive an application; you will have 30 days from that date to turn in your completed application and required documents.  This meeting will take approximately 1 hour.  The application process takes approximately 60-90 days from the date Habitat receives your completed application. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected].