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The NASW/Texas Chapter’s Political Action for Candidate Election (TPACE) is the political action arm of the NASW/Texas Chapter. As a political action committee, TPACE endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support the purposes, values, and philosophy of the social work profession and those who we serve. TPACE, as a nonpartisan committee, works to promote political education and participation in the electoral process among members of the social work profession.


The purpose of TPACE is to:

  • promote NASW legislative policies by helping to elect and retain in office state public officials and candidates who support the goals and objectives of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in the state of Texas.
  • promote political education and full participation in the electoral process among members of the social work profession.
  • take such other and further action as may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.

Read the TPACE By-Laws here.



TPACE Board of Trustees

Barb Gardetto, LMSW-IPR, C-ASWCM, Chair & Trustee
Cynthia Catchings, LCSW, Board Representative & Trustee

Laura Acuna Zavalney, LCSW, Trustee

Angela Martinez, LMSW, Trustee

Luis Zamarripa, Trustee

Courtney Szigetvari, Trustee

Ashley Shepherd, LBSW, Secretary & Trustee

Michael Milutin, MSW Student Representative 

Deana Ayers, BSW Student Representative
Will Francis, LMSW, Government Relations Director




Any member of NASW can make a financial contribution (which is not tax-deductible) to NASW/Texas’ TPACE or to NASW PACE.





 The TPACE committee endorsed candidates in more races than ever before, and they correctly picked the winner in 73% of the races. The PACE selections at the Congressional level only missed on one race (so far). Thanks to everyone who voted, and your work at the ballot box helped to pick legislators supportive of social work and our values.






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