Weeks brings experience in the public sector, non-profit administration, grant writing and fundraising as well as an appreciation for safe, affordable housing to the position.
“Housing is a top priority for our region and I share the vision that every family in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel county deserves access and opportunity to a home that meets those standards,” said Weeks.
“After an extensive national search, it’s great to find our new executive director right here in western Colorado. She brings great leadership and experience to the helm and the Board looks forward to working with Erica in continuing our efforts to provide affordable housing to the region,” said John Eloe, Chairman of the Board.
Weeks grew up in the Olathe and Montrose area and graduated from Olathe High School. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Colorado at Denver and will graduate in May with an advanced degree in Public Administration from Villanova University. She also holds several certificates in city management and grant writing and management.
“My vision has always been to serve the community and region I call home in a meaningful way. It is an honor to step into this position and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the Habitat board and staff,” said Weeks.
Weeks returned to Montrose in 2007. Since then, she has helped raise and manage over $17 million in grant procurements. Most recently, she has worked across the state with RPI Consulting to tackle many of the unique challenges that face rural communities, such as employment, business attraction and retention and community development.
The local Habitat affiliate has seven homes, including triplexes in Montrose and Ridgway, slated for construction by the end of 2020. Weeks is excited to roll up her sleeves to see each of these projects through to completion, as well as to plan the organization’s next steps.
“If I don’t show physical investment in the mission, I can’t expect others in the community to invest either.”
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans or to join their efforts to connect more local families with safe homes and affordable mortgages, visit buildinglives.org.