Board of Directors

Shunji Yanai

Shunji Yanai
Vice Chair
Law of the Sea Tribunal

Michael Green

Dr. Michael Green
Vice Chair
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Kevin Ichikawa

Kevin Ichikawa
Central Japan Railway

WC Gregson

Lieutenant General
W.C. Gregson USMC, Ret.
W.C. Gregson Associates

Noboru Yamaguchi

Lt. General Noboru Yamaguchi JGSDF, Ret.
International University of Japan

Walt Doran

Admiral Walt Doran U.S. Navy Ret.
Formerly of Raytheon Asia

Mazie Hirono

Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Senate (HI)

Thomas Conant

Lieutenant General
Thomas Conant USMC, Ret.
TLC Consulting LLC

Thomas Hubbard

Thomas Hubbard

McLarty Associates

Yoshiyuki Kasai

Yoshiyuki Kasai
Central Japan Railway

Randy Martin
International Programs Consultancy

Akihisa Nagashima

Akihisa Nagashima

The National Diet of Japan

Kensuke Onishii

Kensuke Onishi
Peace Winds Japan

Robert Orr

Robert “Skipp” Orr
Formerly Asian Development Bank

Dr. Charles Aanenson
Peace Winds America





Gary L. Gordon
Emergency and Business Continuity Manager
The Boeing Company




James L. Schoff
Senior Fellow Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Dr. Charles Aenenson

Dr. Charles Aanenson | Chief Executive Officer

Chuck founded Peace Winds America in 2008. He brings over 35 years of experience in the field of international aid and development. His experience in disaster mitigation extends from designing and implementing disaster readiness and response training programs to coordinating on-site relief. Chuck earned his PhD in public administration from Indiana University.


Patrick Hurley | Program Officer

Patrick is an attorney and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he focused on international human rights law. He has worked internationally with various Human Rights NGOs as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Southeast Asia. He has also worked and trained in the field of emergency management with FEMA and the American Red Cross.

Rumi Naito

Rumi Naito | Program Officer

Rumi brings leadership in fundraising program development. Rumi has worked for arts organizations such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Collegium Japan where she grew the individual and corporate annual giving programs by 110 percent and 200 percent. Rumi holds a B.A. in business from the University of Oregon with a concentration in international business management and cross-cultural communications.


Kristen Johnson | Communications & Fundraising Specialist

Kristen helps support communications and fundraising projects at PWA. She has a background in communications, event management, and community organizing and mobilization. Kristen has been involved for four years with The ONE Campaign where she advocates for ample funding of foreign aid programs. She received her B.A. in English from Western Washington University and her Editing Certification from the University of Washington.