Dana Toppel is a human service leader with over two decades of experience working with a variety of populations in both direct service and management capacities. She has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, innovative, high-impact organizations. Currently, she serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Jewish Family Service of San Diego where she provides overall leadership for the impact-driven, multi-service organization with the bold vision of building a stronger, healthier, more equitable and resilient San Diego. Prior to joining the JFS team, Dana worked as a director, consultant, and therapist for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, University of California at San Diego, and San Diego Youth Services. Dana is dedicated to advancing equity and participates in local, regional, and national conversations to advance efforts related to inclusive leadership, professional training, and ensuring access to opportunity for all. 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.
“As a leader committed to justice, I am honored to be part of Avodah, an organization rooted in values of equity, justice and forward change. I am excited to be part of advisory council at the beginning of Avodah’s journey in San Diego”.