Our Team

Our people make the difference

When we say we’re a people-first company, we’re not just talking about our dedication to the clients and communities we serve; we’re talking about our own people, too. At Habitat, everyone has a voice. Each employee brings a unique perspective and incredible talent to the team, and we take advantage of that by working across departments – instead of within them – to deliver outstanding results.

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Shangwé Parker

Vice President, Habitat Affordable Group

As Vice President for The Habitat Company, Shangwé Parker is responsible for the property management of Habitat Affordable Group, which consists of nearly 10,000 units. In addition to developing support service strategies, Shangwé also strives to drive innovation and best practices across the company.

Since joining Habitat in 2004, Shangwé has held a range of leadership roles with Habitat. In his various roles, Shangwé has demonstrated his passion and commitment to his work by transforming troubled assets into thriving, desirable communities.

Other notable interests include his involvement in helping Kenyon College in creating a mentorship program for students of color, designed to support students through their college careers and ensure their success in transitioning after graduating. Shangwé sits on the board of Lawndale Christian Development Corporation with a focus on strategic community development and improving its operational practices. Shangwé also participates in the Chicago Housing Authority's Owners Resource Council, which helps develop some of CHA's policies that pertain to its administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Chicago.

Shangwé has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Kenyon College and is a licensed realtor in Illinois. He is also a tax credit specialist, a certified occupancy specialist, a certified manager of maintenance and a site-based budgeting specialist.