Using Her Skills to Help the Community

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For Kaitlin Humphrey, a position as an audit specialist at Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has provided her with an avenue to use her skills and interests to make an impact for Alaskans.

Kaitlin had a career in the Air Force that took her across the globe before landing back in her home state of Alaska. She was working as an Uber and Lyft driver and was halfway through her bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“My work completely dried up as people were forced to stay at home,” she said.

“I heard about Alaska Housing Rent Relief and was lucky enough to qualify for assistance. It was an amazing program that stepped in when a lot of people, including myself, were really struggling. I didn’t know much about AHFC before but that encounter made an impression.”

- Kaitlin Humphrey, Audit Specialist, Alaska Housing

Finding a Good Fit

When Kaitlin completed her degree at UAA and began searching for jobs she remembered AHFC and felt that an advertised position in Internal Audit was a good fit for her skill set.

“In the Air Force, I handled vehicle misuse cases, basically comparing circumstances around complaints to regulations for military assets,” Kaitlin said. “I found that kind of work really enjoyable. I think of myself as a professional stickler and I thought, if I can use that skill while also contributing to a company that helps people, that would be fulfilling.”

Partnering with Grantees

Kaitlin joined the audit department in 2022. A significant part of her role is auditing the grantees that work with Alaska Housing to administer programs and develop affordable housing across the state.

As part of the audit team, Kaitlin helps to ensure that these grantees are meeting the requirements of their grant agreements. She explained that while the audit team is there to look for areas to improve, they work hard to maintain a sense of partnership.

“When we are performing an audit, we keep in mind that the grantees are doing work that allows AHFC to deliver on our mission,” she said. “It becomes a collaboration. As a result, a lot of grantees don’t see an audit as scary but simply a way to find out how they can do better. We are all working toward the same goal.

Serving Her Community

For Kaitlin, this work allows her to use her skill set to contribute to her community.

“Audit is important because the purpose of the money that AHFC administers is to help Alaskans. In one way or another, that money also comes from Alaskans. It’s the people’s money and good stewardship of those resources is essential to make the greatest possible impact. My role allows me to contribute meaningfully to that impact even if I’m not working directly with clients.”

- Kaitlin Humphrey, Audit Specialist, Alaska Housing

Kaitlin credits her dad with demonstrating to her the importance of serving others. She found her own outlet for service during her time in the Air Force as a volunteer advocate for victims of sexual assault.

Kaitlin said that receiving emergency rental assistance during the pandemic further reinforced the importance of helping others.

“I’m in a much better position now than I was during the peak of the pandemic but it’s important to continue to pay it forward and be involved in the community,” she said.

“I’ve worked hard but the opportunities I’ve had in life are not just through my own hard work. I’m lucky,” she said. “There are plenty of people out there who work harder than I could ever imagine but who are in really different circumstances in life. It’s essential to me to keep that in mind and it contributes to my desire to be involved in an organization like AHFC.”

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