KWA Hires New Chief Executive Officer: Peter Ansara

March 5, 2019

Korean Women’s Association (KWA) Board of Trustees announced in late February 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.”

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 eleven 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, Columbia, MO and a Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. After 25 years of service, he retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2002.