The Delegate Assembly is the representative, decision-making body through which NASW members set broad organizational policy, establish program priorities, and develop a collective stance on public and professional issues. The Delegate Assembly is comprised of 220 elected delegates, including the National Board of Directors. In addition, the NASW executive director and executive directors from each chapter are nonvoting delegates, making a total of 277 delegates. Article V of the National Bylaws addresses Delegate Assembly.
The Delegate Assembly meets once every three years and approves all policies published in Social Work Speaks.
The National Bylaws state: "The membership shall act through the Delegate Assembly in all matters except as otherwise provided in the Bylaws."