Milwaukee Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) seeks to engage socially conscious young professionals in greater Milwaukee to support Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s mission: to transform lives and communities by providing low-income families with affordable homeownership opportunities.

About Milwaukee Habitat Young Professionals

Milwaukee Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) seeks to mobilize Milwaukee area young professionals to aid Habitat for Humanity’s mission to eliminate poverty housing. By combining the time, resources and talents of Milwaukee young professionals, we aim to help address the region’s need for affordable housing.

Our history

Recently, young professional groups have developed as extensions of many established non profits and as independent organizations meant to engage young professionals in community building. The first HYP groups started at the Austin and Cincinnati HFH Affiliates. Milwaukee HYP was established in 2012, a focus project of AmeriCorps member Hanna Gichard.

How we mobilize

Milwaukee HYP brings resourceful young professionals together through coordinated fundraising, advocacy, volunteerism, community involvement, and social networking events. This motivated group of volunteers impacts Habitat not only in the present, but for generations to come by cultivating lifelong donors and developing future leaders within its ranks.

Our objectives and activities

Volunteer Service

The Milwaukee HYP group has a monthly volunteer opportunity to help build and repair homes all the while getting to know other young professionals! The leadership of Milwaukee HYP is entirely led by young professionals and joining a HYP committee or taking on a leadership role is a great way to share and develop expertise and skills.

Advocacy & Awareness

Milwaukee HYP believes that supporting safe, affordable housing doesn't stop with building homes. The HYP team regularly plans events to advocate for and spread awareness about Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity to increase support for the cause of affordable housing.


Milwaukee HYP raises funds to build and renovate homes, to support education and advocacy events, and to support our Global Village trip participants, building homes in El Salvador.  We put the fun in fundraising and our signature events have included things such as a corn hole tournament and a bar scavenger hunt.

Global Village Trips

Habitat for Humanity and Habitat Young Professionals strive to provide affordable housing not only locally but globally as well.  Since Habitat reach is global, we provide opportunities to attend international habitat builds through Global Village trips. Our activities have included trips to Guatemala and our yearly trip to El Salvador.

Why should I become a member?

Your membership will provide you with exclusive opportunities to:

  • Attend Habitat for Humanity Build days with our HYP Group (Lunch included)
  • Be a part of a HYP Global Village trip (El Salvador)
  • (1) Free beer at our two signature events
  • HYP member T-Shirt
  • Yearly swag (Hat, sunglasses, water bottle, ect.)
  • Network with other like-minded professionals in the area socially and professionally
  • Attend volunteer and social events including food drives, river clean ups, and tool drives.
  • Attend advocacy events including book club, movie/documentary showings, and speaking events.

Leadership Skills

Expand your leadership skills by working on the HYP Executive Board or Committees. Contact for more information.

Try us out!

New members can sign up for one HYP volunteer event before committing to become a HYP member.

Sign up today!

We would love to welcome you as a member! Join us and become an integral part of a diverse group of people who share resources, time and talents to make a difference in the Milwaukee community.

General membership: $25 annual membership fee.

Questions? Contact:


The best way to find out what’s happening with HYP is to follow us on social media. That’s where we schedule upcoming events, share pictures, and keep all of our members and friends informed. Follow us, like us, and see what we’ve been up to! We hope to see you at an event soon and feel free to reach out on social media with any questions.


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2019 Executive Board

Justin Marquis


Habitat Story: I got involved in Habitat when I was studying Architecture at UWM. I really liked how it combined my love of building things with a passion for volunteering and helping people! Meeting some of the most amazing, funny, and compassionate people from all walks of life has made being a Habitat member feel like being part of a community or a family. I always enjoy getting to meet new members at events and can't wait to start out the new year with our awesome board and all the exciting things we have planned for 2019!

Jessica Wolff

Membership Chair

Habitat Story: My name is Jessica. I currently work for Milwaukee Habitat in the construction department as a Construction Assistant. I recently completed my 2 year term as a Construction Americorps with Milwaukee Habitat. I'm excited to continue working with my fellow board members and coworkers at Habitat. I attended the 2017 Global Village trip with HYP and felt a strong connection to the HYP community, I want to help you make strong connections too!

Emily Neal

Global Village Chair

Habitat Story: My name is Emily Neal. I work at Quorum Architects, Inc. in Milwaukee's Near West Side as a Project Manager. My focus is on Sustainable Design but my passion is helping communities abroad. I first got involved with Habitat in college at UWM where I studied Architecture and joined HYP by attending a Global Village trip to El Salvador in 2017. I instantly fell in love with the community, people, and food! I've been going back ever since

Janean Leahy

Events Chair

Habitat Story: I grew up in Illinois and came to Wisconsin for college at Carroll University. After graduating I relocated to Milwaukee because I loved the area. I am now a graphic designer for a small chemical company in the Milwaukee area. I joined HYP after I attended a HYP build day as a second date with my now husband. HYPhas brought some amazing people and opportunities into my life that I would have never met otherwise.


Emily Schultz

Volunteer Chair

Habitat Story: Volunteerism has played a large role in my life, and I am passionate about the time I invest in HYP. Being a part of HYP provides many opportunities to learn new skills in a welcoming, positive, and safety-oriented environment; to meet dedicated, like-minded individuals; and to contribute to progressive change at the local level. I look forward to continuing to contribute to Habitat for Humanity’s vision and encouraging others to participate in a purpose greater than themselves.

Kristian Eric

Communications Chair

Habitat Story: I am a 2014 graduate in Civil Engineering. Throughout my career, I have advocated for under-served communities. In college, I traveled to Guatemala to help build bridges and water systems. After graduation, I designed 20+ properties for single-family homes in Milwaukee. That was my favorite project to date. Partnering with HYP allows me to combine a few of my passions: design, construction, and humanitarian work. I am excited to build homes and hope you will join us too! See you on build day!