Mark Meltzer - Founder

Mark Meltzer was born in 1945 in Boston. He atended Boston University and began his career working in the Jewish Community in Boston. Mark accepted the job of Director of the Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles and moved to LA in 1980. He became a key figure in the Los Angeles Jewish Community and has been a vital member of that community for the last 30 years.

Mark initiated major changes for the Jewish Free Loan Association that resulted in increasing the agencies’s asset’s ten fold. He developed the Student Loan Programs, first for undergraduate and later for graduate students; the Small Business Loan Fund to assist in the growth and start-up of small business ventures for entrepreneurial individuals; the Israel Experience Loan Fund to assist families who want to send their teenagers to Israel with suitable programs, or for study at an Israeli high school or college. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Women and Children in Crisis programs for victims of domestic violence; the Adoption and Fertility Assistance Loan Program; the Short-Term Home Healthcare Loan Fund; the Nursing Student Loan Fund; and most recently the Music Student Loan Fund and the Veterans Loan Fund, which will become one of the agency’s largest loan programs.

Mark was the Chair of the Council of Agency and Federation Executives and he served on the scholarship committee of Jewish Vocation Service. He is Past President of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California and was honored with the Career Achievement award in 1999. He was the 1996-97 President of the Los Angeles Jewish Aids Service and helped found  the organization in 1986. He chaired the Community Service Division of the United Jewish Fund several times during his career and each time with extraordinary success. He is a Founder and Past President of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans, serving twice as president, and has served on the Executive Committee for more than 30 years.

In addition to his service to the Jewish Community, Mark established the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association and was a committee member of the Cultural Heritage Commission for the City of Los Angeles from 1993-1998. He was also instrumental in creating a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in Los Angeles, which preserves the architectural integrity of several streets of classic craftsman homes.

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