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NASW hires new CEO to lead fast growing social work profession

March 8, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The National Association of Social Workers has announced that Anthony "Angelo" McClain, PhD, LICSW, has been named its new Chief Executive Officer and will lead efforts to grow and support the social work profession in the United States. He will succeed Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, who has led the organization since 2001.

McClain joins NASW after serving six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick.  While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the state's most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children.

Prior to that position, McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health Service Center (Value Options) where he built and oversaw administrative, clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the juvenile justice system. His team also developed a web-based information management system to improve real-time access to case information by child services personnel.  

"The NASW Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Dr. McClain to NASW," says NASW President Jeane Anastas, PhD, LMSW. "As one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., social work is poised to help the nation improve services for mental health, youth development, aging, caregiving, health care reform, and much more. We are confident that our organization, its members, and the communities social workers serve, will benefit greatly from Dr. McClain's expertise and leadership in providing social work services for those in need."