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Social Work Matters

The Power of Linking Policy and Practice

Elizabeth F. Hoffler, MSW, ACSW, works in the executive office of NASW in Washington, DC, where she advises the executive director on key planning, strategic, and policy issues and assists in managing, analyzing, and implementing special projects and important issues within the office of the executive director. She is the chief speech-writer for the executive director and represents the national office at external events and meetings. She is also the executive office congressional liaison, coordinating congressional meetings and events for the executive director.

In addition, Hoffler works in NASW’s Government Relations Department as lobbyist for the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative. This workforce initiative seeks to secure federal and state investments in professional social work to enhance societal well-being. Hoffler oversees the full initiative, which includes 56 NASW chapter reinvestment plans across the country as well as state and federal legislation that affects professional social workers, including the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act.

Hoffler is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers; she has an MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work and a BSW from the University of Kentucky. Her interest areas are macro social work, nonprofit administration, social work workforce issues, public policy, and political social work.

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, is executive director of NASW in Washington, DC. During her career, Dr. Clark has served in numerous administrative positions in social work, health care, and academia. Previously, she was executive director of the New York State chapter of NASW; chief operating officer for The March: Coming Together to Conquer Cancer, a national public awareness and grassroots organizing campaign; and director of diagnostic and therapeutic services at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, and associate professor of medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Albany Medical College. Dr. Clark’s other professional experience includes terms as deputy departmental chair and associate professor of health professions, Montclair State University, Monclair, NJ, where she also served as assistant to the dean of the School of Professional Studies and vice president of the faculty senate. She also developed and administered the Cancer Care Program of St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.

Dr. Clark is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Academies of Practice. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work and an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in medical sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Clark is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.