Jeffrey Rosen gets things done at The Associated

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Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen (Courtesy of Rosen, Sapperstein and Friedlander, LLC)

Whether it’s managing his accounting firm or overseeing initiatives of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, Jeffrey Rosen is a man of action who gets things done.

At 44, Rosen is currently the managing partner of Rosen, Sapperstein and Friedlander, LLC. He has also been heavily involved in The Associated. A member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, he lives in Baltimore with his wife, Mindy, and two children, Evan, 15, and Lexi, 12.

Rosen originally attended public schools while living in his hometown of Pikesville, he said. He lived for a time in Connecticut and Virginia before returning to the Baltimore area.

Rosen attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and his MBA. He became the co-managing partner of his accounting firm in July of 2019, before being promoted to his current role in January of this year.

“Many people equate doing accounting with just doing tax returns and financial statements,” Rosen said. “While that’s interesting, and certainly I enjoy that, I enjoy having business conversations with clients, as well as having general conversations about their families and goals and transactions and businesses that they are working on. And that’s really meaningful, because I think that that’s where we can make a lot of impact.”

Outside of his professional career, Rosen has devoted a substantial portion of his life to The Associated and its agencies. Growing up, he personally benefited from Associated programs, he said, and he went on a trip to Israel that was partly subsidized by The Associated.

Later on, Rosen joined The Associated’s Young Leadership Council. Marc Terrill, currently the president of The Associated, had suggested to Rosen that he consider joining the council, and it proved a great opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of how The Associated works, Rosen said.

Through YLC, Rosen came to learn more about Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., and its work providing senior services and affordable housing. He later joined CHAI’s board and eventually served as its president.

“We’ve built hundreds of units of affordable housing,” Rosen said. “And a lot of people obviously played a role in that. But working with our development team and various committees to move and push that forward, that was powerful and impactful.”

Rosen currently participates in The Associated’s community planning and allocations process by chairing its Caring and Community Relations lead team. In that capacity, he helps make recommendations on how much funding different Associated agencies will receive and what they will be used for. The team also discusses broader community issues and puts forward different initiatives to address those issues. This has included an initiative designed to look at mental wellness and health challenges in the community and another to address financial wellness and fragility.

Rosen’s team also provides oversight of the AgeWell initiative, which he described as a “one stop shop” for aging individuals to get the support they need, from transportation to installing handlebars in their homes.

“If you’re going to get involved with a nonprofit, whether it be Jewish or not, make sure it’s at a level where you are confident that you can have impact,” Rosen advised. “My experience with The Associated boards and committees in which I’ve been a part is, these were all doer roles, meaning it’s hands on, and we would make recommendations and move things along, and it’s not just talk. It’s action.”

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