Meet Our Staff
Rachel A. Gross, Esq., Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
Rachel A. Gross, Esq., is director of planned giving and endowments at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Rachel works directly with individuals, families, and financial advisors to determine their charitable priorities and identify the areas of need in the Jewish community that match their personal philanthropic goals. Her primary responsibility and overarching goal is to grow the Jewish Federation’s endowment assets, ensuring an organization that can respond to an ever-changing community far into the future. Since 2002, Rachel’s work at the Jewish Federation has resulted in millions of dollars for the annual campaign, numerous restricted and unrestricted endowment funds, and, ultimately, a more stable foundation upon which the Jewish community will grow.
Rachel graduated from Barnard College and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation, she served as the Endowment Director and the assistant executive director at the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Rachel has also worked in private practice and clerked for a judge in the Federal District Court.
Jennifer M. Brier, Esq., Senior Endowment Officer
Jennifer M. Brier, Esq., joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in December of 2006 and serves as a senior endowment officer in the Department of Planned Giving & Endowments. Her responsibilities include working with donors and their professional advisors to establish planned gifts, administering bequests in which Jewish Federation is the beneficiary, drafting endowment agreements and policies, planning the annual Memorial Service, working with a volunteer committee to plan the annual Bronstein Seminar for Professionals, and overseeing distribution of scholarships from seven endowed funds. Previously, she worked at Fox Rothschild as an associate in the Tax and Estates Department as well as at the Senior Law Center as an independence foundation fellow.
Jennifer earned her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center and received a B.A. in psychology from Emory University.
Patricia Quarles, Philanthropic Fund Coordinator
Patricia “Pat” Quarles is the first point of contact for all matters regarding donor-advised funds. She has been with the Jewish Federation since 2007, serving as an administrative assistant, then as a senior administrative assistant, and now as the philanthropic fund coordinator. She holds a B.A. from Temple University.
Hannah Cofalka, Senior Administrative Assistant
Hannah is a graduate from Northeastern University in Boston with a B.A. in human services. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation, she was the director of operations at the Service Women's Action Network—an advocacy organization serving military women in Washington, D.C. Hannah served in Americorps in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She also has a background in hospitality and serves on the board of directors for the Roxborough Dog Park Association.
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