The County Welfare Directors Association of California
- CWDA - is a nonprofit association representing the
human service directors from each of California’s 58 counties.
The Association’s mission is to promote a human services system
that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and
protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.
CWDA’s rich 95-year history cements its place as one of
the most important social and political organizations in the
landscape of local, state, and national human services policy.
Est. 1926 and First Constitution
The association was established at the 1926 annual meeting
of the California Conference of Social Work. This unofficial
group of public welfare organizations, with a membership of 20
people, was first dubbed the Association of California’s
Executives of Public Welfare. The name was changed to the County
Welfare Directors Association in 1943.
CWDA’s Executive Committee guides the association toward its
mission, with oversight from the Board of Directors. The
Executive Committee is composed of six annually elected officers,
who serve along with two representatives from Los Angeles County,
two representatives from California’s 20 small counties, the
chairs of the Fiscal and Legislative Committees, and the
immediate past president. The current CWDA President chairs the
With a team of 13 full-time staff, a handful of consultants
and a Washington, D.C.-based legislative advocate, CWDA
plays an invaluable role in shaping human services policies
and programs on the state and federal levels. Meet the team
Advancing Human Services for the Welfare of All