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Political Action For Candidate Election Committee - PACE

Chair: Brian Romero
Field Organizer: Ilene Richman, MSW
Meets the second Wednesday of every month.

NASW-NYC PACE is the independent political arm of the Chapter. PACE identifies qualified candidates running for local and state offices and garners support for them among the Chapter membership. PACE endorses candidates who espouse social work values and who work to promote both professional goals, such as loan forgiveness and licensing, and client centered goals such as mental health parity and repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Through funding from a small voluntary portion of annual membership dues, NASW-NYC PACE is able to contribute to candidates. NASW-NYC PACE also mobilizes social workers to participate in political campaigns through the use of social work skills including planning, organizing, motivating, and working within systems. The Committee’s mission includes educating and involving social workers in the political process. NASW-NYC PACE generally meets at the Chapter office from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. E-mail for more information.



To be considered for Endorsement we would like Candidates to submit a completed PACE Questionnaire. Email us if you'd like a copy to share with your elected official! 


PACE’s recent activities:
• Planned a 3 part PACE Continuing Education (CE) course in October 2017
• Elected new PACE officers: Co-Chairs: Alicia Fry & Brian Romero; Treasurer: Joan Serrano-Laufer; Secretary: Mark Laster

• After an intensive screening/interviewing process, endorsed 7 candidates for city-wide office (all 7 won), and 27 City Council candidates (24 won), making financial donations to key campaigns.
• Met with 11 candidates
• Conducted canvassing, phone banking, and “get out the vote” efforts in partnership with 10 City Council candidates
• Attended 2 fundraisers and 1 “get out the vote” rally
• Our social media posts reached over 2,000 people

• NASW-NYC PACE is gearing up for the November 2017 city-wide elections, and we need volunteers to canvass, phone bank, advocate, and get out the vote. If you can help, please contact us at
• PACE meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:15-8:15PM at the Chapter Office. Hope to see you there, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @naswnycpace, and like us on

PACE Annual Dinner Meeting was held on 12/14/17 at the Chapter Office


PACE’s activities and achievements so far in 2017:

  • Held our Annual PACE Retreat, during which we drafted our budget, set our priorities for 2017, and formed sub-committees to update our candidate questionnaires and start work on a PACE Continuing Education (CE) course.

  • Endorsed former NYS Senator Bill Perkins’ successful bid for District 9 City Council
  • Participated in the 2/26/17 Queens Stands Together Rally.
  • Co-sponsored the Conversion Therapy Forum on 2/28/17 with the SOGIE Collective and CRDI to promote legislation to make conversion therapy illegal in NYS.
  • Advocated in support of NYS Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s Home Stability Support proposal in collaboration with the NYC and NYS Chapters.


PACE members have been long standing advocates on the issue of Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State and have made the following contributions:

  • Included a question on Raising the Age on candidate questionnaires for the last five years, thereby introducing the issue to many candidates and elected officials
  • Issued a position paper “It’s a Matter of Human Rights – Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility” on 12/10/15 on Raise the Age. Click here to view the statement
  • PACE invited Beth Powers, LMSW, Director of Youth Justice at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York, one of the lead advocacy organizations leading the RTA Coalition, to both its October regular meeting and December 2016 Annual Meeting to discuss the campaign. 
  • For the second year, the PACE Annual Meeting was attended by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery who introduced the RTA legislation in the Senate.
  • PACE had a representative at state-wide lobbying days in Albany in 2016 and 2017, as well as at the demonstration on RTA on March 25th. 
  • PACE members partnered with NASW- NYS Chapter, our lobbyist and members in organizing efforts to bring Raise the Age to fruition.



For PACE's 2018 Endorsements please CLICK HERE




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