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NASW-NJ Names New Executive Director
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The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NJ) has  announced the appointment of longtime advocate for social work and social change, Jennifer Thompson, to serve as Executive Director. Thompson will take the helm on April 3rd.

The selection was made after a regional and national search conducted by the NASW-NJ Board of Directors in collaboration with NASW National leadership. Ms. Thompson follows longtime Executive Director, Walter Kalman, and Interim Executive Director, Mary Jean Weston.

The Board’s appointment comes with the fullest confidence that Ms. Thompson will continue to be an excellent steward of NASW-NJ’s mission, and a leader and advocate for the social work profession.

“We’re excited to welcome Jennifer Thompson as our new Executive Director,” said NASW-NJ Board and Chapter President, Dr. Tawanda Hubbard. “The NASW-NJ Board and National leadership set out to find someone with the right vision and experience to bring NASW-NJ to its next level of evolution. We are delighted that we found that leader, Jennifer Thompson. She brings a unique perspective, wealth of experience and leadership, and lots of energy to the job.”

Ms. Thompson has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors for more than fifteen years. As a policy-focused social worker, her experience has been diverse as she served in a number of capacities throughout her career. Prior to joining the Chapter, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for an international education organization and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, developed national programs for young breast cancer survivors for Sharsheret and served as a Senior Advisor to New York City Mayor Bloomberg. She brings a wealth of experience in strategic leadership, membership engagement, program development, advocacy and communications to the Chapter. 

“NASW-NJ represents the broad spectrum of social workers who are serving our communities on a daily basis, in various roles and organizations. The Chapter has a long history of fighting for the protection and development of the social work profession in New Jersey and leading the dialogues surrounding our most critical social issues on behalf of the clients we serve. I am honored to be joining the NASW-NJ family and look forward to working with the board and staff as we continue to support our members and our constituents throughout the State of New Jersey,” said Thompson.

Thompson holds her MSW from Columbia University and her BSW from Kansas State University. Both her undergraduate and graduate studies focused on advocacy, policy and research.

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