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A message from Dana
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Other countries have social safety nets. The United States has moms. 

Moms who do everything and more, often without adequate support.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn't stop thinking about all that we as working moms were holding.

At the time, as a mom of a ten year old, with a supportive partner, I was fortunate. And even with the support, it is hard. And it was hard prior to 2020.

Moms are Exhausted. Undervalued. Overlooked. 

Moms are Powerful. Resilient. Unstoppable.


In March of 2022, MAKE WORK WORK FOR MOMS was born.

Time is up folks. It is time to make work, work for moms. For if it works for moms, it will work for most.


Let's come together to make this moment a movement. 

​We are just getting started. And won't stop until work works for moms.

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About Dana

Dana Toppel, LCSW, MBA


Dana Toppel has more than two decades of experience as a non-profit executive and leader. The last decade has opened her eyes to the challenges facing working moms as she has navigated her own journey.

Dana has a proven track record of program development, revenue generation, change management and leading strategic, innovative, high-impact organizations. She has also led successful pilots to policy programs including a multi-million dollar guaranteed income project for families in San Diego County.

Dana has worked as an executive, director, consultant, and therapist for several of California's premier human service organizations. 

Dana is dedicated to advancing equity and participates in local, regional, and national conversations to advance efforts related to inclusive leadership, and ensuring access to opportunity for all.

In 2016, Dana was recognized as one of San Diego’s “100 Most Influential Leaders”, as an “SD Metro Mover and Shaker”. In 2020, she was recognized by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins as a Women’s History Month Honoree.

She is the current Chair of San Diego for Every Child, a Commissioner for the California Commission on Aging and a Community Advisory Board member for the San Diego Union Tribune.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Dana 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.

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