Our AmeriCorps members spend a year serving as team leaders, trainers, supervisors and community ambassadors for DC Habitat. With their support, we’re able to train and engage more volunteers and help even more local families.

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DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Clay Berg
Clay Berg
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Clay is originally from Chatham County, North Carolina and graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland with a degree in history. His family has been in the construction industry for generations and he has a passion for community service. Clay plays soccer and ran cross country. In his free time he like to keep my hands busy with craft projects which most recently include making tiny paper lanterns.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Joe Diedenhofer
Joe Diedenhofer
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Joe is excitedly serving his fourth and final Habitat AmeriCorps term in Washington, D.C. Previously, Joe served with Habitat on the Big Island of Hawaii (’17-’18) and in his hometown of Cincinnati (’16-’17). His first experience with AmeriCorps was with Public Allies in Cincinnati (’14-’15) where he served as Outreach Coordinator for a nonprofit preschool identifying and enrolling over 30 children into a state-funded education program. Joe graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and is working towards a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration. He plans to use his experience and education towards a long & fulfilling career in public/human service with hopes of working internationally.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Conner Grant
Conner Grant
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Conner graduated high school in 2014, has served at three Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and is and originally from California. His goal is to become a full fledged carpenter, which Habitat for Humanity and Americorps has been great in facilitating with professional training. After his year of service with DC Habitat,  he plans on joining a carpenter’s apprenticeship program.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Jan Lane
Jan Lane
AmeriCorps Volunteer Services Coordinator

Januelle (Jan) Jan is excited to serve a second year as the Volunteer Services Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. She is originally from Boise, Idaho where she studied International Relations at Boise State University. Jan has learned new skills out on the build site and enjoys serving the city in a hands on manner. In her free time she most loves movies and traveling.

DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Nick Paulson
Nick Paulson
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Nick graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2018, where he studied political science; peace, war and defense; and history. He became passionate about affordable housing during his time at UNC, and decided to become involved with Bike and Build in the summer of 2017. As part of his trip, Nick raised over $3,500 and allocated $25,000 in grants for affordable housing and volunteered on build sites across the Northeast. That trip inspired Nick to continue to support housing as an AmeriCorps member at DC Habitat. Nick was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and loves good coffee, sports (especially college basketball), running, cycling, and anything that involves being outdoors!


DC Habitat AmeriCorps Member Benton Reed
Benton Reed
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Ben graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He spent his first year after school working with GE building gas turbines in his hometown, Greenville, SC. Realizing that he wanted to
shift from the for-profit sector to nonprofits, he decided to serve for a year through Americorps with Habitat for Humanity in Seattle, WA. Loving the change so much, he decided to serve an additional year with DC Habitat. For fun, Ben enjoys being active and being outside and love traveling, camping, hiking, swimming, running, and playing sports.