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Michelle Wolf - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Michelle Wolf Michelle Wolf

Adjunct Lecturer Dept. of Social Change & Innovation | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Michelle Wolf is an expert in grant writing for social workers with more than 20 years of experience,


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.

Education (3)

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy: M.P.A. 1985

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion: M.J.C.S. 1985

California State University, Fullerton: B.A. 1983

Areas of Expertise (5)

Social Change and Innovation Social Work Education Social Work Grant Writing Public Policy

Industry Expertise (3)

Research Education/Learning Social Services