Current Board Officers
Featured below are the current NASWCO Chapter Board Officers. You may find information on additional board members at Region/Student Representatives and Committee Chairs.
To reach a Board Officer please contact the Chapter Office via the Contact Us form on this website.
President (2022 - 2024)
Saira Malhotra, MSW, LCSW (she/they)
Saira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with their own
psychotherapy practice in Denver, CO. She obtained her Bachelor's degree
at Boston University, where she explored her interests in systems and
mental health through research and direct service. This work motivated
her to pursue training as a psychotherapist through a Master's degree in
social work. She has since trained and practiced with clients from a
wide range of backgrounds, in a variety of settings throughout the
Greater Denver Area. She is also co-leading a study about the
decolonization lens for psychotherapy.
While she enjoyed her work as a researcher and psychotherapist, Saira
was yearning for a meaningful way to address the impact of systems on
clients' lives. Clinical training had always seemed overwhelmed by this
topic, and rarely offered a space for collaboration and guidance.
Saira's desire became even more pressing throughout 2020 and 2021,
during which systemic failures were intensifying. She began challenging
systemic narratives with her clients, which opened up possibilities for
healing she had not thought possible thus far in her career. By
interacting with systems in clients' lives, she began to develop
insights relevant for addressing the country's ongoing mental health
Saira ultimately hopes to apply these insights through a position as
NASW CO's Board President. Her ultimate goal is to create a platform for
social workers to contribute to public discourse about the impact of
systemic failures on our collective well-being. They also intend to
specifically advocate for social workers' needs resulting from the
COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.