Stephen A. Karp, Executive Director

Biographical Sketch for Stephen A. Karp, LMSW

Stephen Karp is the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter, a position he held from 1989 –1999, and again since August 2001. Steve has a long history of involvement with NASW, first as a volunteer leader from 1977 to 1987, then as the Political Director for the New York State Chapter, from 1988-1989, and after ten years with the CT Chapter he was the Director of Chapter Services and Continuing Education at the national office of NASW from 1999-2001. Prior to working for NASW Steve spent over ten years in the fields of aging and developmental disabilities, where he did a combination of direct service and administration.

Steve received his BSW in 1977 from Southern CT State University and his MSW in 1983 from Fordham University, with a concentration in community organization.

Steve has been an adjunct professor of social work, teaching courses in community practice and policy, at both the BSW and MSW level, for Southern CT State University, Central CT State University and University of Saint Joseph. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Sacred Heart University Social Work Program, Southern Connecticut State University Social Work Department, University of Saint Joseph Social Work Program, Springfield College School of Social Work, and Goodwin College Social Work Department. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Connecticut Certification Board and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Institute for the Advancement of the Practice of Political Social Work at the UCONN School of Social Work, and the Office Health Care Advocate. Steve represents NASW/CT on numerous advocacy groups including the Coordinating Committee of the Keep the Promise Coalition, the Medicaid Strategy Group, Consumer Advisory Board of the State Innovation Model (SIM), Alliance for Children’s Mental Health. Internally within NASW Steve is a member of the NASW Bylaws Committee, Modernization Governance Work Group and an active member of the Council of Chapter Executives.

Under Steve’s guidance NASW/CT is recognized throughout the social work community in Connecticut for its high quality continuing education programs, effective grassroots legislative program, and personalized member services.

Steve has a long history of involvement in legislative campaigns, including achieving licensure and confidentiality for social workers, provider status for LCSWs in private practice under HUSKY C & D, managed care reform, welfare reform and mental health & substance abuse parity. Steve coordinated the State Social Work Jobs Campaign that achieved preference in hiring for BSWs and MSWs for the position of social worker in state service. Steve has worked on numerous electoral campaigns for local, state and federal offices.

Steve has received awards from the CT Association of Senior Center Personnel and from the Legislative Electoral Action Program in recognition of his legislative work and by NASW/CT for his practice in Gerontology. He is the 1997 NASW Outstanding Chapter Executive, an award given to one chapter executive each year and the 2014 recipient of the Gilman-Wells Award presented by the NASW Council of Chapter Executives in recognition of excelling in a program area of chapter operations.