Lexington Habitat Launches Search For The Organization's Next CEO

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (BENEFACTOR) – The Board of Directors of Lexington Habitat for Humanity announces the search for the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board of Directors has retained Benefactor Group, a nationally recognized consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations, to conduct an extensive search for the organization’s next executive leader.

The CEO will succeed Rachel Smith Childress, who retired from the role in December 2021 after fifteen years of service to the organization. Elaine Luhr, Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s long-time Director of Finance and Administration, is currently serving as the organization’s CEO in the interim.

Under Rachel’s leadership, Lexington Habitat for Humanity helped hundreds of Lexington-area individuals and families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Rachel steered the organization through significant programmatic innovation to increase its reach and impact, including the introduction of a critical home repair program and the construction of the organization’s first townhomes.

The incoming CEO will serve as a thought partner to a committed board of community leaders and oversee an experienced, long-tenured staff who share an unwavering commitment to the organization’s mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

The position profile is available here. Any inquiries about the search can be directed to

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