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Leah Greenblum

Leah Greenblum

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Leah is an entrepreneur who has responded to the gaps in the nonprofit world by founding organizations to solve societal problems - twice! 

Described as an "inspiring leader," Leah founded Midwest Access Coalition (MAC) in 2014 to respond to tightening abortion restrictions across the country. Closer to home, she founded Jewish Free Loan Chicago (JFLC) this past year to offer zero-interest loans to Chicagoans who need financial assistance. 

In addition to the organizations she founded, Leah is an Avodah Fellowship alum and received the Women of Reform Judaism's Women's Empowerment Award in 2019. She is also a former board member of Sketchpad Chicago.

AGE:
34

PRONOUNS:
She, Her, Hers

PRIMARY GIG:
Founder & Executive Director, Jewish Free Loan Chicago

ON THE SIDE:
Dog mom and group fitness class enthusiast

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS:
Millennial who loves chocolate, house plants, and tikkun olam

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I enjoy baking so much that I made my own wedding cake.

HOW YOU JEW IN CHICAGO:
Celebrating Shabbat dinners with friends and trying to unplug

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
“Pay attention to what you pay attention to.” - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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