Terry joined the Hebrew Free Loan staff team in 2015, but she’s been part of the Hebrew Free Loan family since she received her own interest-free loan in 2012. She brings her experience as a loan recipient to everything she does at the organization, and she’s passionate about reducing the stigma that sometimes causes people to feel shame or embarrassment about asking for help.
Terry is involved in Hebrew Free Loan’s loan program, fundraising activities, and marketing and communications. She manages the Pollak Community Loan Program, which provides interest-free loans to non-Jewish students from lower-income homes who are referred by a partner agency.
Terry has spent her career in the nonprofit world, working in fundraising, marketing, and program development for a variety of organizations. She helped raise the funds to start Juma Ventures, one of the original partners in the Pollak Community Loan Program, and she was involved in creating a family wellness center at UCLA in the mid-2000s. She’s worked in youth development, women’s issues, and social, economic, and environmental justice.
Terry enjoys traveling, her two young adult children, and traveling to spend time with her two young adult children. She’s an avid yogi who loves swimming, bike commuting, farmer’s markets and farm CSA boxes, watching cooking shows, and sometimes cooking. She’s also a writer and is working on a memoir.