(Los Angeles, CA) Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to serve on the Board of Directors: Mark Cripe, Tracy Sanders, Christine Sarkissof, and Tom Wulf. Each member brings a wealth of talent and leadership experience to the Habitat LA Board. With the addition of four new members, Habitat LA will have 25 Board of Directors to uplift the organization’s work and impact in the community. “Habitat LA welcomes four new members to our Board, each contributing fresh perspectives, insights, and resources to enrich our organization and our initiatives,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO of Habitat LA. “With their guidance, we aim to make a bigger impact, changing more lives and garnering increased support as we construct and renovate homes across greater Los Angeles.”
Mark Cripe is the Executive Vice President of CMD Electric Inc. With over 25 years of experience within the electrical industry, Cripe is a trusted leader and mentor, overseeing office staff of 50+ and field workforces of more than 300 people. CMD Electric specializes in designing and building commercial and multifamily housing projects throughout California. Mark has a personal connection to Habitat for Humanity, where he volunteered with the San Diego affiliate, managing the team that provided electrical materials and labor for two homes built in El Cajon, California.
Tracy Sanders is the Vice President of Vegetation, Inspections and Operational Services in the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) organization at Southern California Edison. Before her current role, she was director of the NextGen Program, and also served as director of Program Management in Distribution where she oversaw the assignments and execution of $2.7 billion of wildfire and grid hardening work. She earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of California, Riverside. Tracy is looking forward to continuing Edison’s long-standing partnership with Habitat LA and personally getting involved with her family.
Christine Sarkissof is the Managing Director and Regional Manager of U.S. Bank. She brings extensive banking and leadership experience in the financial services industries. Sarkissof has worked in the greater Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest markets. She leads a team of nearly 80 employees in fourteen branches, with a geographic footprint that spans the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. Active in the community, Sarkissof enjoys volunteering and sharing her time on various boards of directors of non-profit organizations in addition to Habitat LA. She has even volunteered at various Habitat LA builds, including the signature Power Women, Power Tools event.
Tom Wulf is the Executive Vice President of Lowe Enterprises, where he has worked since 1994. Wulf is responsible for Southern California commercial property development, particularly urban infill and mixed-use development. He also leads Lowe’s national retail redevelopment activities. Wulf is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He earned both his Bachelors in Architecture and Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Wulf has a long personal history with Habitat for Humanity. In the early 1990’s, he was a volunteer builder and site selection committee member and is pleased to say he began his real estate career as an on-site superintendent and volunteer coordinator for a local Habitat affiliate. He is proud to serve an organization that has delivered homeownership for more than 1,000 families throughout our region.
All four members will serve their first three-year term starting this fiscal year. Habitat LA is also excited to welcome Jan Karl, Vice President of Morley Builders as the new incoming Chair and thanks Susan Booth, Partner at Holland and Knight, as our outgoing Chair. Habitat LA’s Board of Directors are responsible for establishing policy and guiding the nonprofit’s efforts to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) transforms neighborhoods throughout greater Los Angeles by bringing the community together to build affordable homes, provide critical home repairs and help families rebuild after natural disasters. Habitat LA strengthens families by helping them access affordable loans, housing counseling, and down-payment assistance. For more information about Habitat LA, visit https://www.habitatla.org/.