CWDA’s rich 97-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.