Leadership

Grand Challenges Executive Committee

Marilyn Flynn, PhD (Co-Chair)

Dean, 2U Endowed Chair in Educational Innovation and Social Work

Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work
University of Southern California
214 Montgomery Ross Fisher Building, MRF 214, M/C 0411
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
213-740 – 8311
mflynn@usc.edu

Michael Sherraden, PhD (Co-Chair)

George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor
Washington University
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1196
St. Louis, MO 63130
314-935-6691
sherrad@wustl.edu

Edwina Uehara, PhD (Co-Chair)

Professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work
School of Social Work
University of Washington
Box 354900
Seattle, WA 98195-4900
206- 685-2480
sswdean@uw.edu

Sarah Gehlert, PhD

President, AASWSW
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St Louis
6350 Forsyth Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105
315-935-3434
sgehlert@wustl.edu

Richard Barth, PhD, MSW

Past President, AASWSW
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland
School of Social Work – room 5E14A
525 W. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-7794
rbarth@ssw.umaryland.edu

John Brekke, PhD

Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research
School of Social Work
University of Southern California
University Park – MC 0411
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
213-740 – 0297
brekke@usc.edu

Darla Spence Coffey, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-519-2066
dcoffey@cswe.org

Rowena Fong, EdD

Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, Texas 78712-0358
Room: 3.122G
512-471-1393
rfong@austin.utexas.edu

J. David Hawkins, PhD

Social Work Endowed Professor in Prevention
University of Washington Social Development Research Group
9725 3rd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-543-7655
jdh@uw.edu

Charles Lewis, PhD

President
Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy
750 First Street, NE, Suite 8054
Washington, DC 20002
917-570-3116
celewisjr@crispinc.org

 

James Lubben, PhD

Louis McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work; Director of the Institute on Aging
Boston College
118 McGuinn Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-552-1366
lubben@bc.edu

Ron Manderscheid, PhD

Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-942-4296
rmanderscheid@nacbhd.org

Angelo McClain, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers
750 First Street, NE, Suite 800
Washington, DC 2002
202-336-8200
naswceo@naswdc.org

Yolanda C. Padilla, PhD, LMSW-AP

Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Child Welfare
School of Social Work (Rm. 3.130-K)
The University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd Stop D3500
Austin, Texas 78712-1405
Mail Code SSW D3500
512-471-6266
ypadilla@utexas.edu

Karina Walters, PhD

Associate Dean for Research
William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed University Professor
University of Washington
School of Social Work – room 210B
Box 354900
Seattle, WA 98195-4900
206-543-5647
kw5@uw.edu

Patricia White, MSW

Project Director, Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
2180 Third Avenue, Dean’s Suite
New York, New York 10035
917-514-0081
pw182@hunter.cuny.edu

James Herbert Williams, PhD

Director, School of Social Work
Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services
Arizona State University
411 North Central Ave, Suite 800
Mail Code 3920
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689
(602) 496-0057
james.herbert1@asu.edu

Gail Steketee, PhD

Vice President, AASWSW, Ex-officio to Grand Challenges Executive Committee
Dean and Professor
Boston University, School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
617-353-3760
Steketee@bu.edu

 

Sarah Christa Butts, MSW

Executive Director
Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative
University of Maryland
School of Social Work – Dean’s Suite
525 W. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-4387
sbutts@ssw.umaryland.edu

Michele Clark, MPA

Program Administrator
Office of the Dean
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
University of Southern California
1150 S. Olive Street, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 740-8311
clarkmc@usc.edu

Lissa Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Director of Policy Initiatives
Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University
One Brookings Drive, CB 1196
St. Louis, MO  63130-4899
(O): 314.935.8062; (F): 314.935.8661
http://csd.wustl.edu

GCEC partial photo with logo

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Executive Committee gathers at the 2016 SSWR conference. Front row (l. to r.): Edwina Uehara, Diana DiNitto, Yolanda Padilla. Back row: Marilyn Flynn, James Lubben, Richard Barth, Ron Manderscheid, Karina Walters, J. David Hawkins, Sarah Christa Butts, Rowena Fong. Not pictured: John Brekke, James Herbert Williams, and Claudia Coulton