NASW-PACE: “Congresswoman Lee’s social work background is evident in her record, applying a lens of social justice, equity, and dignity to the policy she champions”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the PAC for the largest membership organization of social work professionals in the country, National Association of Social Workers-Political Action for Candidate Election (NASW-PACE), enthusiastically announced their endorsement of California’s leading progressive candidate for U.S. Senate, Barbara Lee. The NASW-PACE endorsement underscores Rep. Lee’s background in social work, and her application of its core principles to advocate and drive change for working families, people of color, and other historically underserved populations across the Golden State.
“The study of social work mandates a comprehensive grasp of the Social Work Code of Ethics, necessitating values such as integrity, public service, and relationship-building,” said Dr. Anthony Estreet, Chief Executive Officer of NASW. “Congresswoman Lee’s social work background is evident in her record, applying a lens of social justice, equity, and dignity to the policy she champions. For a California that is best equipped to face an escalating mental health crisis, homelessness emergency, and more, NASW-PACE is confident in Representative Lee’s all-sides approach, and is proud to endorse her campaign.”
Lee, a proud MSW graduate from U.C. Berkeley, has bridged the practice with her work in Congress, advocating for policy and funding for equitable healthcare, childcare, affordable housing, and other priorities for thriving communities.
“As a former psychiatric social worker in Oakland, working with clients to help address the challenges they were facing — many of which reminded me of my own — the impact of policy on everyday Californians’ wellbeing came clearly into focus,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I’m so honored to have the trust and the backing of my fellow social workers to deliver the change and resources required to meet the needs of the communities they give so much to each and every day.”
Lee is the only candidate in the race who currently serves as the Chair of the Social Work Caucus and is a member of the Medicare For All Caucus.