For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017
Contact: Michael Soneff
(310) 968-5729

Los Angeles—With just seven days left in the race for Congress in the 34th District, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has thrown its support behind Yolie Flores.“For thirty years, Yolie Flores has been working tirelessly to improve the lives of children and families in her community and throughout the country,” said Dr. Angelo McClain, CEO of NASW.  “Her commitment to our most vulnerable epitomizes the values and spirit of the social work profession. Yolie would join three other social workers in the House of Representatives and would add a much-needed voice in Washington. The National Association of Social Workers is proud to endorse Yolie Flores for Congress.”

NASW has twice named Yolie the Social Worker of the Year for her region. NASW joins a growing list of elected officials, organizations, and community leaders who support Yolie Flores, including:

  • Los Angeles School Police Association
  • Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan (ret.)
  • LAUSD School Boardmember Ref Rodriguez
  • LA City Councilmember Joy Picus (ret.)
  • Education Leader Marshall Tuck
  • Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Alliance for Children’s Rights, Leslie Gilbert-Lurie
  • President and CEO of Families in Schools, Oscar Cruz
  • National Director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, Sandra Gutierrez
  • President and CEO of The Children’s Partnership, Wendy Lazarus (ret.)

ABOUT NASWThe National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


Yolie Flores is a social worker and an advocate for children and families, education policy leader, former School Board Member, and longtime resident of CA 34.

Yolie currently serves as Chief Program Officer for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; serves on the Boards of Coro Southern California, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and The Education Trust; and is a member of the Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellows’ Network. Yolie was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in 2007 and served 3 years as Vice President of the Board. During her tenure, she ushered groundbreaking reform policies to engage parents as equal partners in the education of their children, improve student performance, protect early childhood and expand dual language opportunities. Prior to LAUSD, Yolie served for 8 years as the CEO of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council.

Yolie earned her master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has twice been named Social Worker of the Year in her region.