Genesee County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that Thomas Hutchison will succeed Margaret Kato as its Executive Director when Kato retires in February after 15 years at the helm. According to a statement released by GCHFH, under Keto’s leadership, the organization grew into one of the most respected Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States. “It has been an honor serving this community over the past 15 years,” said Kato in the statement. “I look forward to what Thomas is able to accomplish in the future. Thomas has a true passion for Genesee County and serving this community.”
Hutchison grew up in the Flint area before going to college. He earned his undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University and holds a masters in electronic intermedia from the University of Florida. He worked on a number of high-profile lighting and exhibition design projects in New York City before moving back to Flint for good.
Hutchison joined GCHFH on the construction staff in 2013 and started the Home Repair Program in 2015. To date, the GCHFH Home Repair Program has helped 796 Genesee County residents, including 382 families. “I feel inspired every day by the work people are doing here, and constantly see examples of how, if you dig you heels in and keep your head down, you can really make a huge impact, Hutchison said. “And, I can’t wait to see what we’re able to accomplish over the next 30 years.”