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

Milwaukee HYP members will have opportunities to participate in building and renovating Habitat homes, organizing and selling donated materials at the Habitat ReStore locations, and assisting with other activities to support the mission of Milwaukee Habitat.

Advocacy & Awareness

Milwaukee HYP will host a number of volunteer and social events where members will have a chance to network with other professionals and share their Habitat experiences. The purpose of these events will be to advocate for and spread awareness about Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and Milwaukee HYP and build the membership base.


Milwaukee HYP will plan events to raise money for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity so they can continue to build homes and provide services in the City of Milwaukee as well as fund our Global Village trips.

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.


Aaron Davis


Habitat Story: My name is Aaron Davis. I am currently the head of community for Alpha, a technology firm based in New York. I'm a designer, strategist and a multi-colored post it note enthusiast. I first joined Habitat as a Global Village volunteer and have been hooked ever since. Habitat will always have a special place in my heart not only for the families we get to assist in creating brighter, safer futures but the incredible Habitat family making it all happen!