Habitat Young Professionals
Meet the young leaders who head up the Habitat Young Professionals Executive Committee helping to build, advocate, and fundraise for DC Habitat.About Habitat Young Professionals
Alex joined HYPDC after completing a cross-country bike ride to raise money and awareness for affordable housing with Bike & Build. Through the ride, Alex was able to learn how affordable housing affects communities differently throughout the US. Now, he intends to learn about how it affects his home community and work for affordable housing in DC.
Alex began his involvement with Habitat in 2010 as an AmeriCorps member in the Chicago area, and subsequently joined the staff of a Maryland affiliate to work on their neighborhood revitalization programs. He has been involved with HYPDC since moving back to DC in 2014, starting as a co-chair of the Advocacy and Community Engagement Committee. In his day to day life, Alex is a Grants Officer with the Corporation for National and Community Service, where he manages AmeriCorps and Social Innovation Fund grants.
Since being introduced to Habitat during a Hurricane Katrina relief trip in high school, Alex served as President of Elon University’s chapter, and continued his work with ReStore of Queens, NY. After stints in Philadelphia and NYC, he now works for the World Bank Group combatting poverty and climate change.
Marcus Jelks formerly served as the HYPDC President and Treasurer. He procures cloud infrastructure for nonprofits in his day job and has been Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. volunteer since 2008.
David has been involved with HYPDC since 2012. He first volunteered with Habitat in high school, and he really enjoyed the experience, even though he didn’t know how to hammer a nail. He has done several builds in DC, and has finally learned to hammer a nail.
Auja Little is Treasurer for the Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals (HYPDC) board and an avid supporter of affordable housing within the District. She brings several years of commercial real estate experience and a passion for fundraising with her, focusing her efforts on building HYPDC’s presence within DC.
Andrew manages HYPDC’s social media presence and outreach. When not volunteering with HYPDC, Andrew works as a journalist at Voice of America, covering the latest breaking news, sports, and digital trends. He has a Bachelor’s in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a Master’s in Communication from Johns Hopkins University.
Don is Manager within the Data & Informatics Division of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. He also serves as the Chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s Young Professional Advisory Council which is tasked with guiding the vision and implementation of Habitat’s Young Professional engagement. Don is a Habitat’s Global Village program team leader and has participated in builds on five continents. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Since joining HYPDC leadership, Paul has attended Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meetings with Habitat DC staff and partnered with several organizations outside of Habitat DC to get HYPDC members more engaged in advocacy events. Outside of HYPDC, Paul works as an affordable and workforce housing program manager with Fairfax County Government. His eventual goal is to own a real estate development firm focused on affordable housing development.
Dejia currently works at Capital One as a Business Analyst for their Retail Bank line of business. Outside of work, he’s a big basketball fan and my favorite teams are Duke University and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He lived in Minnesota for 12 years before moving to D.C. this year.