NASW Chief Executive Officer

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Angelo McClain

On March 7, 2013, the National Association of Social Workers named Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW its new Chief Executive Officer to lead efforts that grow and support the social work profession in the United States. He succeeded Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, who led the organization since 2001.

Dr. McClain joined 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, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of Value Options New Jersey 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.

As Vice President of Network Management and Regional Operations for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Dr. McClain developed and maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive services to 450,000 Mass Health members.

Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.


Betsey R. Rosenbaum Award for Excellence in Public Child Welfare, NAPCWA, 2013
Fatherhood Engagement Leadership Award, 2012
Co-Chair, State of Massachusetts White Ribbon Day to End Domestic Violence, 2012
YMCA Domestic Violence Prevention “Great Guys” Award, 2011
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Innovations in Public Safety Award, 2010
Riverside Community Care Leadership Award, 2010


Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Immigration Colloquium, 2012
Finding Common Ground: Foster Care, Adoption and Permanency for Children Conference, 2012
Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program, The Art of Social Change, 2011
National Governors Association Best Practice Center, Child Welfare Financing Strategies Webcast, 2010
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Building Bridges Summit, 2010