HFLA of Northeast Ohio celebrates 16 years of service and announces Acting Director

Published 10/7/2022

Michal Marcus

After one and a half decades of service HFLA of Northeast Ohio announces Executive Director, Michal Marcus, will be stepping down from her role and leaving the organization. Marcus has worked at HFLA of Northeast Ohio since 2006. HFLA of Northeast Ohio has been providing interest free loans to those that do not have access to traditional financing for 118 years. Carrie Miller will transition to the role of Acting Executive Director effective immediately. Miller had previously served as Assistant Director for the organization for nearly two years and as a board member for the organization six years prior to that. 

Under Michal’s leadership, HFLA’s interest free loan programs have grown more than fivefold. Her advocacy has been instrumental in reforming payday lending in Ohio. Michal has built an organization that is sustainable and that can continue to provide support to the members of our NEO community,” said Board President Eric Kaston. “We are pleased for her as she pursues new opportunities.”

He added, “I am excited to work with Carrie Miller in her new role as Acting Director. Carrie has been a valuable member of our executive team. She has demonstrated strong leadership across the board, and I look forward to continuing the close working partnership between our HFLA Director and Board. Together, we are committed to helping to make NEO a more equitable community.”

Acting Director, Carrie Miller

Marcus has been recognized for her significant contributions to the community through her work at HFLA of Northeast Ohio. Miller is looking forward to continuing to bring this important work to the Northeast Ohio community. She previously served as Director of Neighborhood Services at Ohio City Incorporated, Training Manager at Foundation Center (now Candid), and as Program Director at The City Club of Cleveland for five and a half years. Originally from the area, she has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly twenty years. 

HFLA of Northeast Ohio’s mission is to provide interest-free loans to promote the economic self-sufficiency  and growth of Northeast Ohioans who are unable to access safe and fair lending resources and provide three  loan types, Standard, Business, and Education, with other loan types responding to specific community needs. Over 60% of our interest-free loans go to women in Northeast Ohio, with 70% to low-to -moderate income individuals and families.