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About Us

HTP Homes Inc., a 501(c)(3) minority/woman-owned organization, was founded by Aaron Thompson and Claudia Jones to provide occupational training in construction trades for young adults and returning citizens.

For over 20 years, Aaron Thompson, a licensed general contractor, has dedicated his time to successfully train young men who have unlimited potential but limited opportunities. The verifiable results of this training demonstrate what can happen when young adults are given a second chance to succeed. Claudia Jones, a retired senior executive of a Fortune 10 company is now using her extensive leadership skills and knowledge to enrich the lives of those who society often ignores.

Combining decades of construction and corporate experience with ambitious, but achievable goals, HTP Homes, Inc. provides pathways and a second chance for young adults to thrive.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At HTP Homes, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core to our mission and guiding principles. We foster mutual respect, honesty, integrity, and fairness. Our pledge is to develop a rich culture, a diverse workforce, and a healthy work environment that empowers personal and career growth. Everyone will experience fair, equitable treatment, learn, grow, and have the freedom to contribute to company success.

Diversity refers to all the qualities that make individuals different from each other and comfortable being authentic; religion, race, ethnic origin, language, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other differences. The wide range of experiences and perspectives resulting from such diversity makes us better— More productive, innovative, responsive, competitive, and creates value for our employees, constituency, donors, and the communities we serve. 

Meet the CEO

Aaron D. Thompson

Aaron D. Thompson

I know the value of learning a trade because it’s an integral part of my life story. I’ve been a licensed general contractor for over three decades. But my story begins very much like the young men and women we help through the HTP Homes initiative.

I grew up in an urban area in Maryland — a town weighed down with challenges including a high crime rate. Like many other young men in my neighborhood, I learned to box at an early age, and eventually became a professional boxer. To this day, I continue to work with young men at boxing gyms.

I also learned construction skills. I started out as a laborer and by working late hours, watching, and studying I progressed to become a master carpenter. That extra effort led me on a path to start my own construction and development business.

As a business owner I was able to pay it forward by hiring young men, some formerly incarcerated, into my construction business and teaching them the skills they need to make a living wage. Several former employees have gone on to start their own businesses leveraging the foundational knowledge and skills they learned. It’s this same “earn and learn” model with proven results and success that we are bringing to the HTP Homes program in order to enrich the lives of young men.

Aaron D. Thompson, CEO HTP Homes

Staff & Board of Directors

LaVerne Smith-Boykin

LaVerne Smith-Boykin

Program Manager

Expertise in operations optimization, program and product launches, key performance metrics, and systems development.

Claudia Jones

Claudia B. Jones

Co-founder & Board President

Former Senior Vice President Public Affairs & Communications, AT&T. Expertise in managing multimillion-dollar budgets, corporate governance, multicultural outreach and engagement.

Denise D. Whitfield

Denise D. Whitfield

Board Secretary

Former Manager of Retail Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Expertise in driving innovation to address the needs of underserved communities. Designed one of the first in the nation programs to transform empty spaces at mass transportation stations into farmer’s markets in food desert areas.

Tamara Hilliard

Tamara Hilliard

Board Vice President

Chief of Staff, Workforce Strategy & Solutions, Deloitte. Expertise in process, organizational design, project management and program optimization.

Inga Riggins

Inga Riggins

Treasurer

Managing Director, Human Resource Transformation, Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Over 20 years experience in global transformation, technology and rethinking/reimagining learning.