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Outstanding Practitioner Award

The Outstanding Practitioner Award honors the significant contribution to a community of a BSW or MSW level macro practitioner.


2018: Lora D. Hicks McDonald, Executive Director, Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE)

Nominator:  Peter Kindle, University of South Dakota


2017: Charles Edward Lewis, Jr., Development Services Group

Nominator:  Terry Mizrahi, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Nomination Comments:

Dr. Lewis has led the "Social Work on the Hill" event many years, with his organization, the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP). This event for the past three years brings together social workers from all walks of life to celebrate the accomplishments of social workers in Congress and the federal government. The brainchild of former Congressman Ed Towns, the event is attended by the leadership of all major social work organizations, deans, faculty and students from social work schools from across the country, and social work practitioners. He has also helped create the Social Work Student Advocacy Day in Washington, which attracts hundreds of students from 45 schools around the region to learn advocacy skills and strategies and then to practice them with their Senate and House representatives. He has also helped organize the “Social Work Caucus, a group of over 60 elected members of Congress who support social work values and policies.  Dr. Lewis also spearheaded the launch of a Politics and Policy forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC as a forum for the discussion of policy issues and legislation initiated by social workers. Under his direction, CRISP conducted its first Political Boot Camp, a three-day intensive training for social workers seeking to run for political office or hone their public advocacy skills.

2016: Andrea Paluso, Family Forward Oregon & Family Forward Action – Portland, OR

Nominator:  Alice Gates, University of Portland

Comment from nomination letter:

Andrea Paluso Executive Director of Family Forward Oregon,  a statewide policy advocacy organization focused on promoting economic security for women and families in our state. As a lead partner in the Raise the Wage coalition, Family Forward successfully brought together economic and racial justice organizations to pass a bill creating (at the time) the highest single statewide minimum wage in the country. Raising the minimum wage is the latest in a series of policy victories for Family Forward. Under Andrea’s leadership, the organization has also led efforts as part of a broad-based coalition to end racial profiling in Oregon and pass a bill providing basic protections for domestic workers. Currently, Family Forward is the lead coalition members in an effort to win paid family and medical leave for all workers and create affordable childcare for Oregon families.

2014: Jeff-Neal Singer

2013: Tom O'Brien

2006: Barbara Peppey

2005: Christopher Valley

2003: Paul Castelloe

2002: Sister Mary Alice Murphy