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Peter F. Nájera

Pete is the president and CEO of the United Way of the Plains where he works to advance the common good for all citizens in south central Kansas. A student of servant leadership, he has lived around the world in leading purpose-driven organizations in renewable energy, charitable planning, and private philanthropy. Pete is also a combat veteran, having honed his leadership skills in a 20-year Army career that included tours in Korea, Germany and Iraq. He spent time in Washington D.C. working in the Pentagon as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and later in the Executive Office of the President as a White House Fellow. His civic engagement includes volunteering with Reading is Fundamental in Wichita’s Title I schools, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and serving on the board of the Wichita Rotary Charitable Fund.

City: Wichita

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