Former chamber executive takes top job at Habitat for Humanity in Portland

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PORTLAND — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland has named Godfrey Wood, former chief executive officer of the Portland Regional Chamber, as executive director.

Wood, a Falmouth resident who retired from the chamber last December after a 15-year tenure, will begin his new role April 29, according to a press release Wednesday. He replaces Amy Dowler, who was serving as interim executive director.

Habitat for Humanity is an international volunteer organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and providing affordable home ownership. The group’s Greater Portland affiliate, founded in 1985, is one of 10 in Maine and has built more than 55 homes for families in need.

“Habitat is an organization I have long admired, and I look forward to working with a great staff and board of directors to continue to grow our capacities to help more families,” said Wood, who is married to Karen Wood, publisher of The Forecaster.

“We work to build better communities by connecting with dedicated volunteers, through a passionate staff and host municipalities. What could be more rewarding and fulfilling than finding ways to provide homes for those in need?”

The president of the Greater Portland affiliate’s board of directors, Jonathan Campbell, said “Godfrey’s experience in all aspects of organizational leadership, combined with his strong expertise in real estate and community relations, provides us with a platform to provide affordable home ownership to more low-income families throughout greater Portland.”

Wood also owns Johnny Rockets restaurant franchises in Freeport and at the Maine Mall in South Portland, and this week opened Bonos Pizzeria & Grille in the former Ricetta’s on Western Avenue in South Portland.

William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.