Peace Winds America (PWA), is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Seattle and operating internationally. Since 2008, PWA has focused on strengthening preparedness and response to natural disasters in the Asia Pacific, with relief and recovery efforts in Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, and the Philippines.
PWA has established itself as one of the few international NGOs with expertise in Japan and U.S. led disaster preparedness and response. It brings together governments, militaries, NGOs, and the private sector to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, with a “whole of society” approach. Part of this collaboration involves numerous preparedness programs in Japan, the U.S., Korea, and the Philippines. Those programs have resulted in legislative and procedural changes, improved networking and connectivity among responders, and publications and guides.
Peace Winds America is supported by an outstanding board of directors, chaired by Congressman Jim McDermott. Made up of individuals from the political, academic, military, NGO, and business communities in the United States and Japan, PWA is a catalyst for combining these sectors into a well-coordinated team that is up to the challenges posed by the disaster-prone Pacific “Ring of Fire.”
Peace Winds America was founded in 2008 by Dr. Charles Aanenson, who brings over 35 years of experience in the field of international aid and development, including leadership positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ford Foundation.