AGR is a way for NASW-NYS members to take the lead on our Chapter’s advocacy and policy work. The committee is tasked with crafting and executing a yearly legislative agenda for the Chapter. In the past, the Chapter’s advocacy has been handed by an independent consultant. To revitalize our policy efforts and empower our members, we created AGR to let the members decide our legislative agenda.
AGR are members of the Chapter who are appointed annually by the Board of Directors. The selection is based on a member’s interest, expertise, and the committee’s priorities.
The larger AGR committee is broken into 5 subcommittees. Each subcommittee focuses on specific topics that match the scope of their specialization. The subcommittees independently identify a policy issue, and then reconvene once a month to the larger AGR committee to provide updates on their progress.
Mark Buttiglieri, LCSW-R (2021-2022)
Alex Saint Laurent
Evelyn Williams, MSW
Evelyn G. Williams has over 30 years of progressive experience in health care administration, consulting, legislative advocacy, and teaching at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Her primary professional direction was in community health care assisting in opening three community health centers (CHC) and providing technical assistance to CHC’s in the federal Region II locations. She also held several administrative positions in the NYS Department of Health. In 1999, after completing eleven years as the President/CEO of Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center, Evelyn chose to pursue her consulting career, working with community-based organizations in the areas of program development, strategic management, and leadership.
Her consultant endeavors include providing consultant services to state and federal agencies, community-based organizations, and social/cultural groups. She assisted organizations in opening health care programs, developing short and long-term strategic plans, writing grants, conducting organizational performance evaluations, designing fundraising projects, facilitating governing board retreats, and planning and implementing statewide and national conferences and professional meetings.
Concurrent with the progressive experience in health care, Ms. Williams has had varied teaching positions since 1979. Completing her tenure in FORUM and the Center of International Programs within Empire State College, she is currently a lecturer within the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany.
Ms. Williams’ leadership skills are represented through serving on several statewide and regional professional organizations’ governing boards, as well as her role as legislative chair and chairperson of the community health care statewide association.
Ms. Williams, in addition to the above, is a certified yoga & Shake Your Soul/Dancekinetics instructor and a proud grandmother.
Tamara Walker, LMSW
Tamara received her training as a social worker the Hudson Valley Community College Human Services program, received her BSW and MSW from SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare graduating summa cum laude with Advance Standing. As an Albany native, she has worked in her community for over 15 years in various capacities. While in school, Tamara was a member of the social justice healing group and advocated for the discussion of race in the classroom. More recently, she has worked and advocated for women and families through prevention services through the Albany County Department of Health. During the pandemic, Tamara played an integral role in the contact tracing efforts for Albany County and received recognition from the Commissioner on the quality of her work. In addition, she has served and advocated for policy change in substance use, mental health and the foster care systems. Outside of work, Tamara has formally and informally created networking channels to connect social workers to resources, clients and other social workers.
Matthew S. Mackey, MSW Student
Matthew has experience in advocacy planning, fundraising, public speaking and has worked in the healthcare field advocating for families with Special Needs Children. Xe aspires to run for public office one day on a social justice platform and looks forward to helping shape and advocate for policy reform with NASW-NYS.
Interests: Bioethics, Healthcare, Civil Rights, Immigration Reform, Social and Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Writing, Advocacy, and Public Speaking.
Questions? Suggestions? We'd love to hear from you!
Looking to join the AGR Committee? Although there is currently a waiting list for this session, you can send an email to the AGR Chair or Executive Director.