NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Joyce Higashi served as the Executive Director of the NASW Metro DC Chapter for 20 years and retired in 2012. As Executive Director, she undertook a massive comprehensive redesign and implementation program to improve and enhance the Chapter structure and infrastructure. She was the Chapter Point Person for community collaboration and mobilization of chapter resources to meet community disaster needs post 9/11.
Previously, after receiving her MSW from the University of Utah School of Social Work, she provided family therapy services to violent and abusing parents at a time when other team members were reluctant to do so. She also initiated the first Day Care Consultation Program in a multicultural Center for Children in the state of Utah. She became Executive Director of the NASW Utah Chapter and developed a working relationship with the Board of Social Work, initiating State Chapter conferences.