Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.
Since 1918, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families in times of need. Our wide range of integrated services Empower Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Support Aging With Dignity, and Foster Community Connection & Engagement throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley. JFS provides essential services to people regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.
JFS is a home for people in search of better lives and for those seeking to make better lives possible. Many people first turn to JFS with a specific need, like hunger. That first contact often leads to a wide range of integrated services that address their financial, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. In partnership with our community of clients and supporters, we’re Moving Forward Together.
Jewish Family Service is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonsectarian human service agency and an equal opportunity employer.
Michael Hopkins, MSW Chief Executive Officer Building on the agency’s nearly 100-year history, Michael has led JFS through a wide-reaching, collaborative strategic planning process, Repairing the World: Guiding the Heart & Soul of Jewish Family Service, and a capital campaign resulting in the development of a client-centric JFS campus. Under Michael’s leadership, JFS earned Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for the ninth year in a row, an achievement just 1% of reviewed nonprofits nationwide can claim.
Michael became CEO in January 2012, continuing his 35+ years building and strengthening the Jewish community across the country. Prior to joining JFS, Michael served as Executive Director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBT organization, and CEO of Jewish Community Center (JCC) Metrowest, one of the largest JCCs in the country.
Michael holds a Master's in Social Work from the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Locally, he is a member of the new Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board, which addresses homelessness in our community.
Dana Toppel, LCSW, MBA Chief Operating Officer Dana Toppel joined JFS in 2009 as director of older adult services and served as the divisional director of clinical services in addition to the chief program officer prior to assuming the role of chief operating officer in 2015.
With almost two decades of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities, Toppel has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, high-impact organizations. Prior to joining the JFS team, Toppel worked as a director, consultant, and therapist for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth & Community Services.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Toppel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California.
Rick Dahlseid, CPA Chief Financial Officer A Certified Public Accountant with a Masters Degree in Taxation, Rick has worked in accounting, management, and executive positions in Crows Landing, Modesto, and Stockton. Rick values opportunities to strategize and collaborate with organizations in operations as well as people and board development. Rick has a rich history of community engagement through helping organizations with transition and times of change.
Previously, he was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Community Hospice, where he had a highly successful 12-year career. He has served on the 100-Day Review Committee for the Mayor of Modesto and has served on many other citywide committees. Serving in leadership roles in service to others has been a hallmark of his life. Originally from California’s Central Valley and Modesto area, he and his wife Denise have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Shana Hazan, M.A.Ed Chief Development Officer Shana sets strategy for and oversees the work of JFS’s Development, Institutional Giving, and Public Affairs teams, which secures nearly $15 Million to support annual operations. Shana was appointed to, and currently serves on, California’s First 5 Commission and the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission. She also serves as Vice President of the Friends of Franklin Foundation, which raises critical funds to support Franklin STEAM Magnet School.
Previously, Shana developed Jewish Family Service’s nationally-recognized model for youth leadership development through service learning. She has also worked for ABC News in London, taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, and served as Safe Routes to School Director for Active Transportation Alliance.
Shana holds a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She previously served on the executive committee of Run Women Run, and chaired Women Give San Diego’s Advocacy Committee. In 2017, she was selected as a University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward Under 40 Awardee, and in 2016 was recognized by Assembly Speaker Atkins as a 78th Assembly District Woman of the Year, and by San Diego Metro as a “40 Under 40” award winner. A native San Diegan, Shana is the proud parent of a young daughter.