A Message from Our CEO and Board President

Carly Colgan – Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends of Habitat,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. It is with a mixture of emotions I write to inform you of my decision to resign from my position as the Chief Executive Officer of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.

I believe change is an opportunity for growth, both for individuals and communities. After much thought and consideration, I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as CEO of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity to become the CEO of Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity in Bend, Oregon. This decision was not made lightly, but this move means my wife and I will have the support of our extended family as we raise our children.

Over the past five years, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve as the CEO and to be a part of the growth and development of affordable homeownership in Thurston County. I am immensely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together.

As I reflect on my time here, I am filled with gratitude for the trust and support you have bestowed upon me. It is the people of this community who make it truly special, and I am inspired by your unwavering dedication, passion, and commitment to making Thurston County a thriving place to call home.

I am confident in the Board of Directors’ ability to guide South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity through this transition and to select a new CEO who will continue to lead with integrity, vision, and a deep understanding of the community’s needs. I have every confidence they will choose a leader who will build upon our shared achievements and steer the organization toward an even brighter future. I am confident South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity will continue to prosper and flourish under new leadership.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you for your unwavering support, collaboration, and dedication. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and for making my time as CEO a truly fulfilling experience.

With Gratitude,

Carly Colgan

Chief Executive Officer

John Hutchings – Board President

Dear Friends of Habitat,

It is with a heavy heart we accept Carly’s decision to step down from her position as CEO. The Board of Directors express our heartfelt gratitude to Carly for her exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to our community. Her vision, strategic thinking, and ability to inspire and motivate our staff have been instrumental in propelling our organization to new heights.

While the departure of Carly is a loss for our organization, we assure you the board is committed to ensuring a smooth transition. We have already initiated a comprehensive succession plan and appointed Chief Operating Officer, Greg Laura, as the Interim CEO. Greg will lead us forward until a permanent replacement is found. With four years of experience running the day-to-day operations of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, Greg possesses the skills and leadership qualities necessary to guide us through this transitional period.

Over the coming month Carly, Greg and the board will work closely to transition projects and ensure continued success of the organization. Carly’s last day with South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is July 28th yet she will continue in an advisory role until a CEO search process is completed and a new CEO appointed.

We understand that changes in leadership can raise questions and uncertainties among our community members. We want to assure you that our commitment to serving the needs of our community remains steadfast. We remain focused on our core mission of providing pathways to affordable homeownership in Thurston County.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our community. We will keep you updated on our progress and any significant developments regarding the CEO search process.


John Hutchings

Board President

Introducing Chief Operating Officer, Greg Laura, as the Interim CEO