Michael Rassler

Michael Rassler

Hillside, the residential care facility for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Santa Barbara, has tapped Michael S. Rassler as its new executive director. Prior to his appointment, Rassler was the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara for more than 10 years.

Over the course of his federation career spanning more than 35 years, Rassler has participated in or led annual, capital, endowment, Israel emergency and other special campaigns that have generated some $360 million to benefit Jewish communities, local, national and overseas agencies, and critical causes.

“We are excited to welcome Michael Rassler, who brings experience, compassion and vision at this crucial time with the pandemic, and our plans to redevelop Hillside’s facilities and property,” said Brad Frohling, Hillside Board Chair.

“Looking toward the future, I am confident Michael, who has spent his career serving others, will ensure Hillside residents receive the best quality of life possible,” Frohling said.

With experience in nonprofit management as well as core competencies in strategic planning, community engagement and project management, Rassler holds three master’s degrees: business administration from Miami University, Ohio; Jewish studies from Baltimore Hebrew College; and social work with a concentration in community planning and social administration from the University of Maryland.

“Hillside’s future requires a multi-dimensional leader who has the heart for adults with disabilities, and the business experience necessary to create an integrated, mixed ability community for our residents and the public,” said Norris Goss, vice chair of the board. “We are grateful Michael has the determination to move this vision to reality.”

Hillside expresses thanks to its residents, their families and loved ones, dedicated staff members, donors, supporters, friends, volunteers, community partners, vendors and others for their continued support, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

For information, visit hillsidesb.org or contact Michael Padden-Rubin, director of development, 805-687-0788 ext. 115 or email mpaddenrubin@hillsidesb.org. To make a gift to benefit Hillside residents, visit hillsidesb.org/donate.

Hillside residents Chris and David with staff member Ashley.

Hillside residents Chris and David with staff member Ashley. (Courtesy photo)