Meet Shana

As a community volunteer and leader, former public school teacher, non-profit executive, and parent of a San Diego Unified School District student, Shana is passionately living her commitment to building stronger schools to help every student achieve their full potential.

Deep San Diego Roots

Shana Hazan’s roots are four generations deep in San Diego. Her great-grandmother grew up in Mid City in the early 1900s where she attended public schools. Shana’s grandmother attended Franklin Elementary, the same school Shana’s daughter attends today. A fourth-generation San Diego Unified graduate, Shana knows first-hand that guaranteeing a high-quality education for every student will help open minds, transform lives, and uplift communities. 

From Scripps Ranch High School to Teaching in Underserved Communities

After graduating from Scripps Ranch High School, Shana studied political science at the University of Wisconsin — and with an eye toward building a stronger and more equitable education system earned a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Her unyielding belief in the power of education launched Shana on a career that started as a public school elementary school teacher in under-resourced communities.

Trusted by Sen. President Pro Tem Toni Atkins to Serve Families on California's First 5 Commission

Shana was a public elementary school teacher, headed up a program to make getting to and from school safer for kids, designed a statewide school fitness program, and designed and launched an anti-hunger initiative. As a mom, Shana was deeply engaged in transforming her daughter’s public school. No wonder Shana was Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins’ choice to serve on the California Children and Families Commission (First 5 California), where she’s working to guarantee quality early care and education for every California child.

Managing Multi-Million Dollar Budgets and Motivating Teams

Shana is a respected senior non-profit executive and community leader with years of experience executing innovative projects. As Chief Philanthropy Officer at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Shana grew the agency into a multi-million-dollar fundraising powerhouse. Managing a $28 million-dollar annual fundraising program, Shana earned a reputation for rallying diverse teams around big goals, making strategic data-driven decisions that drive impact, and delivering results. On the First 5 California commission, Shana helps oversee a $300 million annual budget and will bring a wealth of needed, real world fiscal and management experience to the School Board. 

Dedicated Leader for San Diego Communities.

Throughout her career, Shana has developed impactful programs and secured millions in funding for educational programs and social services to improve the lives of working families, older adults, people experiencing homelessness, and refugees. Shana built Hazan Strategies to help nonprofits and small businesses create stronger and healthier communities, and she’s fighting for more opportunities for all as Chair of the city’s Human Relations Commission.

Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

Shana is passionate about education and it shows through her leadership and the results she’s already delivered San Diego families. She was appointed to the San Diego Unified Superintendent Search Committee, and serves on the Franklin Elementary School Site Council and the SDUSD District Advisory Council (D.A.C) on Compensatory Education. Shana’s been recognized for her community leadership in the San Diego Metro 40 Under 40 awards and as a Forward Under 40 Awardee.