Anthony Estreet, former chair of the Master of Social Work Program at Morgan State University (MSU), begins his role on Feb. 6 as CEO of the National Association of Social Workers. (Courtesy Photo)

By AFRO Staff

Morgan State University (MSU) professor Anthony Estreet, Ph.D, has been selected to step into the role of chief executive officer for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). 

Estreet, who previously served as chair of the Master of Social Work Program at MSU, will step into the role on Feb. 6. He is a licensed certified social worker in clinical settings and a master of business administration who will take over the position previously occupied by CEO Angelo McClain, Ph.D. 

MClain retired on Dec. 31, 2022, making way for Estreet. Until he officially steps into the role next month, Janlee Wong, MSW, former executive director of the California’s NASW Chapter, will lead the organization. 

“We are delighted to have Anthony Estreet as our next CEO at NASW after doing an extensive search,” said NASW President Mildred “Mit” Joyner, in a statement released by NASW. “He has a wealth of experience in managing successful mental health services companies and is a respected thought leader in the social work profession. We are confident he will build on the successes of Angelo McClain and lead NASW’s accomplished staff to take our association to greater heights.”

Estreet is a Bowie State University graduate, where he earned a bachelor’s in science in psychology. He then moved on to Virginia Commonwealth University and Morgan State University, where he earned an MSW in social work and a doctorate in social work, respectively. 

He became a part of the MSU family in 2013. When he isn’t busy training up the next generation of social workers, Estreet can be seen working with Next Step Treatment Center, an organization that offers solutions and resources for both substance use and improved mental health. 

Estreet has been very active in the Maryland Chapter of NASW, where he has served as president. He also helps improve social work as a member of the Council on Social Work Education. 

During his time at Morgan, Estreet received roughly $6 million earmarked specifically as “funding for social work workforce development, research, and training. He also led the development and expansion of the first MSW program in the United States, and at a historically Black college or university, to have an area of specialized practice focused on addressing substance use disorders,” according to information released by NASW. 

Next month, Estreet plans to hit the ground running in the new position. At the top of his list of goals are plans to grow the organization’s membership, while also “addressing social justice issues, including racial equity and reproductive rights.” NASW reports that Estreet plans to “work to strengthen the social work workforce by expanding efforts to increase compensation for social workers.” 

Estreet said he is “honored and humbled to be the next CEO of NASW.”

“I have been a member of this great organization since 2007,” he said in a statement. “As a former member of the NASW Board, I know NASW is committed to supporting social workers and the communities they serve. This organization has done phenomenal work especially in the past three years, including supporting social workers in the delivery of mental health services during the pandemic and addressing systemic racism. However, we have much more work to do, and I stand ready to work collaboratively to support our great profession.”

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