Janessa Chastain

Director, Up for Growth Action Board of Directors; Executive Director, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity

Janessa Chastain is the Executive Director of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, one of over 2000 nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. Having facilitated 77 home builds and provided housing for 93 families in Ada County, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is working towards the vision of everyone having a decent place to live. As the new Executive Director, Chastain is committed to expanding Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity’s partnerships and focusing on local advocacy efforts so families can best be served. Before joining Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Chastain worked to strengthen her local communities by partnering with churches and community outreach organizations, helping them connect to serve more effectively. She also worked in international advocacy, creating educational opportunities in partnership with United Nations Task Forces, hosting international dignitaries, and helping activists prepare to testify before United Nations committees. She graduated from Willamette University with a degree in politics. She received her master’s from Drew University.