Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk welcomed former Huntington Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards as its new executive director.
Edwards is a Long Island native and graduate of John H. Glenn High School in Elwood. She joined the New York Telephone Company as an operator in 1979 and advanced through the ranks over 37 years, eventually becoming Verizon’s regional president for Long Island and upstate New York.
“Suffolk County is my home and I have dedicated my career to making it a better place for families to grow and communities to flourish,” Edwards said. “The economic landscape of Suffolk County is diverse and challenging, and I look forward to leading Habitat Suffolk and working alongside our talented staff in developing strong, stable homes and neighborhoods.”
Edwards co-sponsored affordable housing legislation in Huntington during her time on the town board. She also serves as the Long Island regional director of the NAACP, and previously served as vice president of the Elwood Board of Education.
“Mrs. Edwards epitomizes the sense of community activism that we value at Habitat Suffolk,” said Raymond Homburger, chairman of Habitat Suffolk’s board of directors. “The need for decent and affordable housing has grown exponentially, and Habitat Suffolk is at the forefront of building and renovating homes to combat the systemic issues we face as a region. We are thrilled that Mrs. Edwards has joined us in achieving our goals.”