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NASW-NC Announces New Executive Director Valerie Arendt

Monday, February 26, 2018   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Kristen Carter
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The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) announced today the appointment of Valerie Arendt as the chapter's next Executive Director. Valerie has served for seven years with the chapter as the Director of Membership, Marketing and Communication and as the Associate Executive Director managing all membership professional and career support for over 4,600 social workers in North Carolina. Valerie has been the first point of contact for the chapter’s membership and supports the needs of members in clinical and macro social work, legal, ethical, and advocacy issues.


During her tenure with NASW-NC, Valerie developed the North Carolina Social Work Policy Educators Network, bringing 30 social work university programs in North Carolina together to discuss policy, advocacy, and how to encourage social work students to be social justice advocates at the state and local level. She has strengthened the relationship of the Association with the 23 Bachelor of Social Work and 12 Master of Social Work programs in North Carolina by growing the NASW-NC Student Liaison Program, developing students into leadership roles and engaging thousands of social work students in the chapter’s advocacy activities.


NASW-NC Board President Ryan Estes said, “Valerie’s unrivaled passion, knowledge, and experience has always been known, but through the interviewing process it became ever more apparent how fortunate the North Carolina chapter is to have such a poised candidate ready to take the reins of our Association. Our board is confident that not only will we have a smooth transition, we will have a renewed sense of energy and a fresh set of eyes to build on the legacy created by Kathy Boyd.”


Valerie was the career columnist for the national New Social Worker Magazine for three years and strives to help new professionals successfully transition into their social work and nonprofit careers. She has given dozens of presentations empowering social workers and nonprofit professionals to negotiate their salary and ask for a raise, best practices for resumes and employment interviews, and professional networking.


For four years, Valerie served on the Board of Directors of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of the Triangle NC which seeks to cultivate and support young nonprofit professionals by fostering networking, skill-building and resource-sharing.


Valerie’s social work experience includes a focus on refugee and immigrant families, early childhood education, women and youth education, affordable housing, and nonprofit management. Valerie spent one of her graduate school internships designing program evaluation tools for a microfinance nongovernmental organization that supported female e­­mpowerment in rural India.


Valerie obtained her Master of Social Work and Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota. In April 2017, Valerie was honored by the University of Minnesota as a College of Education and Human Development Rising Alumni.


NASW is eagerly looking forward to Valerie's new role with NASW-NC. Her significant contributions to the NASW-NC Chapter to date, her extraordinary leadership in the social work and nonprofit sector, and her remarkable capacity to support and promote the social work profession by advancing our core values of social and economic justice makes her just the sort of leader that the NASW North Carolina Chapter needs at this critical time. Valerie's first day will be Monday, April 2, 2018.


Elizabeth W. Osborne says...
Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Congratulations Valerie! I am pleased for you AND for the organization. Beth Osborne, MSW, ACSW, LCSW ECU School of Social Work
Karen J. Koch says...
Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018
This is awesome news!!! Congratulations Valerie! You are a tremendous asset to our organization and I can't wait to see where you take us next! I have loved working with you and am excited about the future with you as our leader! Karen Koch, MSW, LCSW

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