Following a lengthy and thorough recruitment process, Peter Ansara has been named Director of Community Connections for Pierce County, beginning May 2, 2016.
Ansara most recently served as the Executive Director of the Korean Women’s Association and brings extensive experience in community programs. Previously, he held leadership roles with Prium Companies, LLC and Tacoma Housing Authority. In these roles he was responsible for overseeing a variety of programs and services that address in-home care, low-income housing, domestic violence, healthcare and other human services programs.
Ansara earned a B.A. in business administration from Columbia College, Columbia, MO and a Masters of Human Relations from University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2002 after 25 years of service. “I am honored to be part of Pierce County and the Community Connections team,” said Ansara. “I look forward to serving those who need it most, the most vulnerable and voiceless citizens of our community.”
Pierce County Community Connections helps connect those in need with services to improve their quality of life and promote self-sufficiency. The Department manages federal, state, and local funding, offering over 50 programs and services in Pierce County. With on-site information and assistance staff, case managers, and other professionals, Community Connections provides support for a wide range of services, working to develop low-income housing, transportation services, and public facilities to support capital improvement projects.
“Peter is passionate about serving Pierce County and the important work of Community Connections,” said County Executive Pat McCarthy. “He is known for leading teams, creating strong ties with community partners and achieving results. I am delighted to welcome him to the County.”