Habitat Young Professionals Seattle-King County (HYP) aims to build a community for young professionals to address the region’s need for affordable housing. By working with the local Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County affiliate, we strive to provide meaningful and fun volunteering, fundraising, and advocacy opportunities for our members in support of affordable housing.

Membership Options

Prospective Member

Monthly Dues: $0

Annual Dues: $0

Membership Benefits: Copy of the HYP newsletter

Basic Member

Monthly Dues: $8

Annual Dues: $96

Membership Benefits:

All benefits of the Prospective Member, plus:

-Access to all member events including networking, social, learning/development, book club, and volunteer/advocacy opportunities

-Access to Slack channel to connect with other HYP members

-5% discount for HYP fundraiser event entry tickets

-HYP sticker for your hardhat!

Premier Member

Monthly Dues: 25

Annual Dues: $300

Membership Benefits:

All benefits of the Basic Member level, plus:

-Opportunity to become part of a mentorship program with Habitat Board Members (TBD)

-Additional 10% discount for HYP fundraiser event entry tickets

-HYP t-shirt + sticker

-Invitation to home dedication events

*Basic Members who attend 6 or more events and/or 6 or more volunteer events in a 12-month cycle are automatically moved to Premier Member level. For the following year, these members retain Premier Member level with Basic Member dues, as long as the previous condition for events and volunteering attendance is satisfied.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Damon Tsai

President

About Damon

Damon is a senior engineer at Collins Aerospace here in Seattle. Damon has been a long time HYPer and is one of our regular volunteers. Damon also currently serves on Habitat SKC’s board of directors.

Ben Martin

Vice President

About Ben

Ben Martin currently works as a logsitics manager at Spaceflight Inc. He comes to us with previous Habitat experience being a part of Denver HYP and helping establish the Los Angeles HYP. When not working or building with Habitat, Ben drums for his church and likes to mountain bike.

Ben Illman

Secretary

About Ben

Ben Illman is a systems administrator at Mutual of Enumclaw and is the President of the Toastmasters club of Enumclaw. Ben has been out to volunteer at our La Fortuna build site as well as being featured on Habitat SKC’s blog for his volunteer perspective letter.

Aashish Bhandari

Development Committee Chair

About Aashish

Aashish Bhandari is currently a regional sales manager at Sartorius. He joins our HYP board with experience in achieving annual financial goals which will suit him as the Development committee chair. In his free time, he likes to home brew, cook, and work on photography.

Sarah Linker

Recruitment Committee Chair

About Sarah

Sarah Linker is a senior communications specialist at CBRE in Redmond, Wa. She joins the HYP board with years of experience in professional communications, public relations, and content development. Sarah also has an extensive volunteer background working with the Mayo Clinic, the Mustang Library, and Nuestros Pequeños Hernandos. When she’s not volunteering or working, she enjoys being outdoors.

Janie Bube

Social/Activities Committee Chair

About Janie

Janie Bube is the founder and CEO of SENSOL Systems – a startup working to transform the crosswalk industry. Janie comes to HYP with years of design experience and is also currently working for Janearium Design as a landscape designer. Janie has volunteered with Habitat SKC in the past and is looking to add more to our HYP board. She is a major outdoors enthusiast ranging from kayaking to snowshoeing.

Lorraine Yerger

Advocacy/Volunteer Committee Chair

About Lorraine

Lorraine Yerger is a software engineer at Microsoft and is in leadership in Microsoft’s Early in Career group. Lorraine is new to Habitat SKC, but was able to join us for our 2020 Women Build in October. She brings to HYP a background in event planning and community building. Lorraine enjoys the outdoors in the form of rock climbing and soccer.

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