MICHELLE WOLF joined the in 2015, where she teaches a course in grant writing for social workers. As a professional grant writer with more than 20 years of experience, she has helped many local nonprofits secure government, foundation and corporate funding.
She currently serves as founding executive director of the Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust, a pooled trust that provides an affordable alternative for families who want to set aside money for loved ones with a serious disability without jeopardizing their government benefits.
Previously, Wolf was director of Caring for the Vulnerable, a department within The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. In 2005, she co-founded HaMercaz, a multiagency collaborative that helps Jewish families raising special needs children with a focus on developmental disabilities. In addition, Wolf was director of public policy and a grant writer for the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, director of the Middle East Commission for the Los Angeles Jewish Community Relations Council and press secretary to former Los Angeles City Council member Zev Yaroslavsky.
As a parent to a young adult with cerebral palsy, she blogs weekly for the Jewish Journal on topics related to special needs and has a monthly column on human services issues in the written edition.