Korean Women’s Association names new CEO

Peter Ansara

The Korean Women’s Association (KWA) Board of Trustees has announced that Peter Ansara has been named to lead the agency as newly appointed chief executive officer.

“Peter Ansara is a well-respected executive in the community with a proven track record with KWA, guiding the agency during its toughest times. I have no doubt Peter will team with the board to set a strong trajectory for KWA’s next half-century,” said KWA Board of Trustees Chair Grace Kim. “Speaking on behalf of the KWA Board, we are very fortunate to have Peter as our new CEO and excited to get going on the work ahead.”

The Korean Women’s Association provides multi-cultural, multi-lingual human services, regardless of race or ethnic background, to diverse communities through education, socialization, advocacy and support. Since 1972, KWA has responded to the needs of Western Washington communities with programs for affordable housing, senior wellness, in-home care support, and benefit enrollment. In addition, KWA advocates for individuals seeking immigration and naturalization, escaping domestic violence situations, and needing health screenings. KWA operates offices in 11 Western Washington counties and employs more than 1,400 employees.

Ansara, who will start his new position at KWA on March 18, is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience and success in multiple markets and industries. During his career, Ansara has been responsible for overseeing numerous programs focused on in-home care, low-income housing, domestic violence, healthcare and other human services programs. Ansara, who served as KWA Executive Director from 2009-2016, rejoins the agency from his most recent position of director of human services for Pierce County.

“Korean Women’s Association’s roots are the foundation for its excellent service to communities in 11 Western Washington counties,” Ansara said. “I am excited to return to this agency that was my home for nearly seven years, and help guide the continued growth of programs and services for those who need it most.”

Ansara, who holds multiple professional certifications, earned a B.A. in business administration from Columbia College and a masters in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. After 25 years of service, he retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2002.

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