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.

Penny Carothers

Penny Carothers | Dev. & Program Support Specialist

Penny supports fundraising and programs at PWA. Penny brings a background in non-profit management and communication, having served both as a board and staff member with several international non-profits based in the Seattle area. She holds an M.P.A. from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, with a concentration in international relief and development, and a B.A. in history from Reed College.


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.

Lauren Holstein

Lauren Holstein | Research & Program Support Intern

As a current MPA student at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Lauren is most interested in international development and public/private partnerships. Prior to working with Peace Winds America, Lauren worked with a sustainable development organization in Uganda, a community based organization in South Seattle that seeks to provide education programs for recently resettled refugees, and as an ESL teacher in South Korea and France.


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 vital foreign aid programs. Through this, she discovered her passion for global development and the importance of investing in infrastructure and preparedness. She received her B.A. in English from Western Washington University and her Editing Certification from the University of Washington.