Welcome Emily and Maria!

November 23, 2020

Please join Habitat Wake in welcoming our two newest leadership team members, Emily and Maria!


emily georgeEmily George is the new VP of Retail Operations.

Emily George, who joined Habitat Wake in November 2020, has over 15 years of Multi-Unit Management experience in operations and merchandising with organizations such as Pier 1 Imports and Kirkland’s. In her most recent role, she supervised a district of 15 stores in four states with a total annual volume of approximately $22 million in revenue. As a Senior District Manager at Kirklands she was also charged with the responsibility of developing and leading two Area Managers. In addition to retail experience, Emily also worked as an Account Executive for a web design and marketing firm in Greensboro, NC. Emily graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in political science and loves vintage home decor, is an indoor plant enthusiast and loves to experiment in her kiln fusing metal and glass.


Maria AndersonMaria Anderson is the new Director of Homeownership & Neighborhood Programs.

Maria, who hails from Charlotte, NC, joined Habitat Wake in October 2020. She is a proud Shaw alumna with a 10-year career in affordable housing. Before coming to Habitat, Maria worked at Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership for seven years, first as Foreclosure Prevention Coordinator; then Loan Review Specialist and most recently Programs Administrator. As Program Administrator she  oversaw the daily operations of the Homeownership department, including pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, homebuyer education and down payment assistance programs. Maria is a certified HUD Housing Counselor and holds professional certificates from Neighborworks America in mortgage lending, compliance for homeownership programs and foreclosure prevention. Maria lives with her family in North Raleigh.