VP of Donor Engagement and External Affairs
A seasoned nonprofit executive and community leader, Shana has 15 years of experience designing and implementing impactful and innovative initiatives, securing significant public and private funding, and influencing public policy to build stronger, healthier, more equitable communities.
Shana previously served as Chief Philanthropy Officer at Jewish Family Service of San Diego where she set strategy for and oversaw the organization’s Development, Institutional Giving and Public Affairs teams, which secured more than $28 Million annually to help low-income children, families and older adults across San Diego reach their full potential. Under her leadership, JFS secured $40 million through a matching endowment campaign. Shana’s unique combination of programmatic, public policy, and fundraising expertise resulted in new partnerships and funding that allowed JFS to expand urgently needed services – while deepening program offerings and shaping local, state, and federal policy to support successful aging and end cycles of poverty.
A former teacher, Shana partnered with San Diego Unified School District and Harvard University to launch the Achievement Gap Prevention Project, which she conceived to ensure children in Barrio Logan are kindergarten-ready. She was also the visionary leader behind the Hunger Advocacy Network, an innovative initiative comprised of social service agencies, anti-hunger organizations, and nutrition advocacy organizations that collaborate to advocate for state policies that increase food security.
Shana was appointed to and currently serves on California’s First 5 Commission, Chairs the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission, and serves as President of the Friends of Franklin Foundation.
Previously, Shana 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 in Chicago. Shana holds a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and earned her bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin.