On July 1, 2016, Harold Love became Executive Director of Jewish Residential Services (JRS), following the retirement of Debbie Friedman, who had led the organization for 25 years. Harold grew up in New Castle, PA, has lived and worked in Pittsburgh since the early 1980s, and currently resides in Highland Park with his wife, Nancy. In addition to being a Pittsburgh sports enthusiast, he used to act in theater and television commercials; he once met Muhammad Ali and makes a very mean chili.
Harold says that JRS’s mission of supporting “individuals with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities, helping them to live, learn, work and socialize as valued members of the community” is what drew him to the organization.
Harold came to JRS with a wealth of non-profit leadership experience. He was most recently Director of Healthcare Operations at Adagio Health and the Title X federal family planning grantee for Western Pennsylvania, where he managed a network of women’s health facilities. Harold served on the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association’s Leadership Learning Collaborative, a yearlong project designed to build advanced Affordable Care Act preparedness. He was also a member of the Erie County Positive Youth Development Advisory Board and previously served on the board of Family Resources. He holds a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He will draw on his extensive experiences in partnership building, public affairs, and staff recruitment and retention to best fulfill the office or Executive Director and the mission of JRS.