Rachel Grose joined the Jewish Free Loan Association in 2001 as Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations, became Associate Director in 2013, and in 2017 was named Executive Director of the Agency. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA in Non-Profit Management from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Her entire professional career has been devoted to the Los Angeles not-for-profit community, including positions at Hillel of UCLA and Students Run L.A.

In her 16 years with the Jewish Free Loan Association, Rachel has worked to generate creative ways to elevate the image of the Agency, increase its assets, and ensure that the needs of the clients were met on a daily basis. She developed a successful grant-writing program that translated into millions of dollars, new loan funds, and the expansion of existing loan funds. She cultivated long-term relationships with a cadre of donors and developed Genesis, a young professionals group that energized the Jewish Free Loan Association with new leadership, new ideas and new ways of promoting the Jewish Free Loan Association to the larger community.

Rachel grew up in Maryland and currently resides in West Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.




Mark Meltzer served as the Jewish Free Loan Association’s Executive Director/ CEO from 1980-2014, retiring as head of the agency after nearly 35 years. He attended Boston University where he received his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees.  He has worked for the Jewish Centers of Greater Boston and the Jewish Family Service of Brookline, Brighton, and Newton, Massachusetts.  Prior to coming to Los Angeles, he spent eight years working at the Jewish Vocational Service of Boston coordinating several programs, including the vocational rehabilitation program, the Russian Resettlement Program, job skills seminar and English as a Second Language Program.

During his time as CEO of the Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles, Mark directed operations and activities for the agency, helped garner funding for many of the agency’s major lending programs, and supervised allocation of loans to approximately 1200-1500 loan applicants per year. He continues to participate as advisor and ex-officio member on all board committees. He is a consultant to national and international Jewish organizations requiring expertise in émigré transmigration and relocation and is a founding member and Past President of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans.  He is a Past President/Chair of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California and the Los Angeles Council of Federation and Agency Executives.


We recognize the following individuals for their volunteer service on the Jewish Free Loan Association Board of Directors.  Their commitment and input are critical to the success of the Agency.

JFLA Board of Directors 2014-2015

Jordan Lurie President
David Horvitz Vice President
Alexa Pearl O’Connor Vice President
Brandon Levin Treasurer
Alexa Pearl O’Connor Secretary


Board Members
* Past Presidents
Aaron Abecassis
Leslie Aronzon
Mayim Chaya Bialik
Adeena Bloom
Aaron Bloom*
Erwin Diller*
Linda Feinholz*
Alan Felt
Meg Feitelberg
Gerald Feldman
M. Bruce Grumbiner*
Abby Kohn
James A. Kohn*
Eileen J. Lewis
Jessica Rosen
Joel Glucoft
Paul B. Shane
Alan Spiwak*
Mitchell J. Stein
Harold J. Tomin*
Thomas Walsmaith


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