MBA Ministry

Jonathan Reckford

CEO, Habitat for Humanity

Jonathan T.M. Reckford is chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a global Christian housing organization that has helped more than 39 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. Since 2005, when he took the top leadership position, local Habitat organizations in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries have grown from serving 125,000 individuals each year to helping more than 4.2 million people last year build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

A graduate of UNC, Jonathan worked briefly at Goldman Sachs before coaching the Korean national rowing team. He earned his MBA from Stanford and worked in the for-profit sector, including positions at Marriott, The Walt Disney Co., and Best Buy. He served as executive pastor of his church near Minneapolis when he was recruited by Habitat in 2005. 

Jonathan is chair of Leadership 18 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum. Named the most influential leader in America in 2017 by the NonProfit Times, Jonathan is the author of Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children and live in Atlanta.