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Elsa Candelario

Professor of Professional Practice

MS in Social Work, Columbia University

Her practice interests include: diversity and equity in nonprofit leadership, nonprofit governance, human resources management, social determinants of health related to immigrants and Latino/a communities and cross sector collaboration, planning and advocacy.

Bio: 

Elsa Candelario (MSSW, Columbia University School of Social Work) served as part-time lecturer with the School of Social Work for more than a decade before becoming a full-time faculty member. Her teaching and professional experiences largely focus on macro social work practice, nonprofit leadership and social determinants of health issues. She is particularly interested in the areas of diversity and equity in nonprofit leadership, nonprofit governance, social determinants of health related to immigrants and Latino/a communities and cross sector collaboration, planning and advocacy.

Prior to joining the faculty, she served a distinguished career as a nonprofit administrator in New York and New Jersey for more than 25 years. As an organizational leader, she was responsible for: strategic organizational direction; maintenance of donor, governmental and governance relationships; promotion of sound external affairs; and design, implementation and monitoring of health and human services programs. Her innovative and impactful work as a macro social work practitioner yielded scores of prestigious awards, honors and recognitions during her tenure.

She has served as a respected voice within the areas of nonprofit leadership and health/human services through her participation in a wide range of activities, including her current service as an advisory board member of the NJ Population Health Cohort Study for the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy and member of the Center for Nonprofits’ Diversity and Equity Committee. Further she is a former board member and executive committee member of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NJ), Centers for Nonprofits, past president of the New Jersey Hispanic Directors Association, past vice-president of the Latino Action Network and past president of the Council of United Way of Camden County Partner Agencies. She is also a past member of the boards of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden, United Way of Camden County and the Community Planning and Advocacy Council.

In addition, her industry expertise has resulted in her participation on a number of prominent and influential advisory boards and task forces. She was the founding chairperson of the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma from 2005-2009 and was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Integration from 2007-2009 and the New Jersey Commission on the Status of Women from 2004-2007. From 1998-2002 she also served as Chairperson of the NJ Latino Health Advisory Committee.  She is an LCSW who clinically supervises social work professionals and students and provides clinical interventions to individuals.

Courses Taught: 

Management Practice and Theory
Social Work Practice II
Diversity & Oppression 
Groups at Risk
Program & Strategic Planning
Human Resource Management
Supervision & Consultation

Selected Recent Publications: 

Selected published articles and op-eds

Candelario, E. (October, 2018).  Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month. NASW Focus, NASW-NJ.

Candelario, E. (February, 2017). The importance of collaboration and the whole family approach.  LinkedIn Post on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Leadership Network Group.

Candelario, E. (February, 2006). Op-ed: Three ways to Corzine's 'one community with one future, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Selected testimony:

Public hearing of the NJ Senate Budget Committee on the proposed State Budget for Fiscal Year 2011, NJ Senate (March, 2010) (Testimony, Elsa Candelario).

NJ Assembly Education Committee hearings on A-375, NJ Assembly (October, 2008) (Testimony, Elsa Candelario)

Public hearing of the NJ Assembly Budget Committee on the proposed State Budget for Fiscal Year 2007, NJ Assembly (April, 2006) (Testimony, Elsa Candelario).

Public hearing of the NJ Department of Children and Families on the proposed DCF budget for Fiscal Year 2008, NJ DCF at Camden County One-Stop (November 9, 2006) (Testimony, Elsa Candelario).

Public hearing of the NJ Assembly Budget Committee on the proposed State Budget for Fiscal Year 2006, NJ Assembly (March, 2005) (Testimony, Elsa Candelario).

In the News: 

Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Mission Video.  On website at http://community.horizonblue.com/mission-statement/.  April 2, 2019.

For nearly 40 Years, HFC has shown dedication from crisis to opportunityNJAMHAA News, November, 2018.

NJ Democrats plan to seek more funding for Hispanic resource centersBurlington County Times, June 14, 2017.

Camden health fair and Latinos and health. NBC Universal, June 12, 2015. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation promotes a 'Culture of Health' in Camden, NJ. NJ Spotlight, May 8, 2015.

Growing diversity creates struggles, opportunities in South Jersey. CourierPost, October 16, 2014.

Raices Buenas.  PBS Television with Willie Sanchez, October 16, 2014.

New Jersey Hispanics. Comcast Newsmakers with Jill Horner, April 18, 2006

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