Shana Hazan Appointed to First 5 California Commission

San Diegan Appointed to Statewide Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shana Hazan has been appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins to the
California Children and Families Commission, also known as First 5
California. The Commission, which supports and promotes early learning,
health, and quality child care for California residents, is considered a
leader in early learning and child care programs for children ages 0 to

Ms. Hazan is Senior Director of Strategic Resource Development at Jewish
Family Service of San Diego. In addition, Ms. Hazan also represents the
City of San Diego as a member of the Human Relations Commission,
advising the Mayor and City Council on issues affecting all San Diegans.

“Ms. Hazan brings her passion as a mother, educator, youth leader, and
champion for high-quality education to our Commission, where she joins a
highly skilled and varied group of Commissioners committed to improving
the lives of children and families,” said First 5 California Executive
Director, Camille Maben.

In the last year, she was instrumental in designing and securing funding
for the Linda Vista Kindergarten Readiness Network, a pilot project that
utilizes a collective impact model to improve student achievement, and
social-emotional outcomes for young children.

“I am passionate about creating stronger, healthier, more resilient
communities, and look forward to my work as a member of the First 5
California Commission,” said Ms. Hazan, adding, “I understand and value
high-quality early education, and am committed to ensuring all
California children have the opportunity for health and well-being. I am
honored to be part of such an expert and dedicated Commission.”

Ms. Hazan was selected by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins as one of the
2016 Women of the Year in the 78th Assembly District. She
sits on the Board of Directors of CORE Educational Services, the
Foothold Foundation, and Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering,
Innovation, and Design. Ms. Hazan holds a Master’s degree in Science in
Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.
She also is active in women’s issues.

Ms. Hazan replaces outgoing Commissioner, Dr. Kathryn Icenhower, CEO of
SHIELDS for Families – a private community-based non-profit organization
dedicated to empowering and advocating for high-risk families in South
Los Angeles.

About First 5 California

First 5 California, also known as the California Children and
Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10
in November 1998, which added a tax on tobacco products to fund
education, health, childcare, and other services for children ages 0 to
5 and their families. Its programs and resources are designed to educate
teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the critical role
they play during a child’s first five years – with the overarching goal
of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in
school and in life. For more information, please visit


First 5 California
Oscar Ramirez, 916-263-0666