SDUSD Candidate Shana Hazan’s Fundraising Closes in on $70,000

Record Campaign Haul Shows Momentum and Grassroots Support for Hazan’s Campaign

San Diego, CA — Today, Shana Hazan, candidate for San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board of Education District B, announced she has raised a $68,575 as of October 5 — more than any other first time school board candidate in SDUSD during the same time period.

With the October figures, Hazan, a former public school teacher and parent of an SDUSD student, has raised nearly $30,000 since her first filing on June 30. In a clear demonstration of her broad community support, since launching her campaign, Hazan has taken in contributions from 183 different individual donors. 

Because there is no quarterly report, Hazan’s next financial filing will be at the end of year.

Hazan’s lofty fundraising haul comes on the heels of her endorsement by one of California’s most influential female elected officials, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins. Hazan is expected to unveil a growing list of endorsements in the weeks ahead. 

“I continue to be humbled by the growing support for our campaign to help all San Diego students reach their full potential,” said Hazan. “I’m so grateful to every one of my supporters. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, puts us that much closer to building stronger schools and an education system rooted in equity. Together, we can give every child, in every neighborhood, the opportunity to thrive and succeed.”

Born and raised in San Diego, Hazan is a fourth-generation San Diego Unified graduate, graduating from Scripps Ranch High School in District B. She started her career as a public elementary school teacher in underserved communities before heading up a program that makes it safer for kids to get to and from school, and designing and launching a statewide school fitness program, an anti-hunger initiative, and a service-learning and leadership program for high school students across San Diego. Hazan also served as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Jewish Family Service of San Diego, where she managed a $28 million annual fundraising program, secured millions in funding for educational programs and social services for seniors, asylum seekers, and low-income families, and earned a reputation for rallying diverse teams and delivering results.

As a parent, Hazan has been engaged in transforming her daughter’s public school, Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School. Hazan chairs the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission, was appointed to SDUSD’s Superintendent Search Committee, is the immediate past president of the Friends of Franklin Elementary School Foundation, a member of the Franklin Elementary School Site Council, and the SDUSD District Advisory Council (D.A.C) on Compensatory Education.

Hazan and her husband Marc live in Kensington where they’re raising their two daughters, the oldest of whom attends their neighborhood school in San Diego Unified. If elected, Hazan will be the only Board Member with a child in San Diego public schools.