In May 2014, Cindy Rogoway became the new Executive Director of Hebrew Free Loan, the first woman to assume this role since the agency was founded in 1897.
For the past 30 years, Cindy has worked in fundraising and non-profit management within the San Francisco Jewish community. She joined Hebrew Free Loan in 2003 when she was hired as the agency’s first Development Director. In that capacity, she managed both fundraising and marketing activities for the agency, expanding Hebrew Free Loan’s reach into the community so that more people could have the opportunity to become self-sufficient and realize their dreams.
In 2010, she became the Associate Director and assumed responsibility for our loan program. This role brought her in contact with hundreds of loan recipients each year and deepened Cindy’s appreciation for the “profound and lasting impact a micro-loan can make on a person’s life.”
Prior to joining Hebrew Free Loan, Cindy worked for the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation for 14 years, where she focused on fundraising, community building, and leadership development.
Cindy graduated from UCLA, where she majored in Communication Studies. While at UCLA, she got her first experience of Jewish communal work by serving as the Business Manager for Ha’Am, the UCLA Jewish newspaper. She also founded and served as the first chairperson of the Jewish Student Union, an umbrella organization for all the Jewish groups on campus, which still operates today. After graduating, Cindy moved to the Bay Area to begin her career.
In addition to her professional involvement in the Jewish community, Cindy has been an active volunteer for political campaigns and several local Jewish organizations, including Congregation Kol Emeth, the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School and the Palo Alto-based Friendship Circle. She also serves as a President of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans.
She finds it extremely gratifying to work for organizations that strengthen community and provide support to those in need.
Cindy lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Joe, and their son, Alan.