September 30, 2016
I want to share with you that after 34 years at NASW-NYC, and 26 as executive director, I have decided to retire.
It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the members of the social work profession for all of this time.
Before I went for my masters degree, I had a good sense of the invaluable work that social workers do, but my appreciation for this has never stopped growing, and deepening. This is why being able to serve the profession and representing social work as critical to the broader community has been so important to me.
It has also been an important responsibility. Support for social workers and understanding what they do equates to support for essential services to New Yorkers in need of help and assistance.
During this time, partnering with the Chapter 's elected leadership, we have been able to accomplish many vitally important things to strengthen the profession in New York City, including:
Even with these accomplishments, the demand for NASW to do more has always been there. That has always been a reality. The need for NASW to be a strong and vital organization has never been greater, and the NYC Chapter leadership will be working on behalf of the profession well into the future.
And I am glad to note that Chapter President, Candida Brooks Harrison, has a search committee in place and the announcement to find a new executive director will be going out within a day or two.
All of what has been done was made possible by your membership and those of thousands of others. It is this collective that is NASW.
I am grateful to have been able to serve.
My last official day as executive director will be December 31, 2016.
You can contact me directly at Schachter@naswnyc.org.
Robert S. Schachter, DSW, LMSW