Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County announces appointment of new CEO

Darcy Taylor

(Oxnard, June 20, 2018) – After a thorough and extensive search process, the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County (HFHVC) has named Darcy Taylor as its new Chief Executive Officer. Darcy will be taking over from Steve Dwyer, who has led as the Executive Director of HFHVC for over 5 years.

Darcy Taylor was born in Oxnard, California. He has over 30 years of executive leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, senior non-profit leadership and development experience for health and human service organizations. His diverse career started locally where Darcy pastored South Coast Fellowship in Ventura and went on to work at Raytheon Corporation in Goleta. From there, Darcy has served as Vice President of Constituent Relations for the National Parkinson Foundation in Miami, Florida; Director of Constituent Relations for the National Alliance of Mental Illness at their headquarters in Washington, DC and Senior Vice President of Development of the Model Cities Program for the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families. Most recently, Darcy was the Chief Development Officer for the David Lawrence Center in Naples, Florida.

Darcy earned his ministry and leadership credentials from Life Bible College and World Reaching Faith and is a Certificated Fundraising Executive. He is a board member of the Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class.

“We are confident that Darcy has the knowledge a passion to grow the already well-loved and thriving organization,” says HFHVC’s Board Chair, Scott Squires. “After meeting with numerous high caliber candidates for this position, I believe Darcy is the right leader to help us continue our good work in providing affordable housing options for the people of Ventura County.”

Under Darcy’s new leadership starting July 9, Habitat aims to increase its homebuilding efforts and repair work in Ventura County and will be groundbreaking a new development in Camarillo later this year.

About Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is a locally-run and locally-funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Over the past 35 years, 64 new home builds have provided homeownership opportunities for families in need and hundreds of homes have been repaired, providing a safe, decent living environment for low income homeowners.  Habitat Home Repair program partners with low-income homeowners to improve their living conditions through home repairs. At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that everyone, everywhere deserves a decent place to live. For Habitat’s new home program, low income families are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. We offer a “hand up,” empowering families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat for Humanity homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable mortgage. Habitat currently has enough donated properties to build 30 decent homes for families in Ventura County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, visit http://www.habitatventura.org or call (805) 485-6065, x 101.

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