Celebrate Women’s History Month with LifeWire!

Historically, women have been underrepresented in leadership roles due to various societal and cultural factors, including gender biases, stereotypes, and discrimination. Gender-based inequalities are addressed at LifeWire by promoting diversity and inclusivity at all levels. Our commitment to the representation of women in leadership positions continues. Women have the talent, skills, and experience to be amazing leaders. We are committed to breaking down gender-based barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. We are proud of the talented women in all positions at LifeWire. We will continue to support and empower all people to be successful. During Women’s History Month, we would like to introduce you to LifeWire’s Women in Leadership:

Statement on Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay Mass Shootings

During the celebration of the Lunar Year, Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay communities in California are mourning loved ones and members of their community after senseless shootings impacting the AAPI and Hispanic communities. In both of these shootings, precious lives were lost.

Both of these deep losses occurred in California in the midst of the Lunar Year celebrations where people reunite and connect with family and friends while ushering good fortune for the new year ahead. For these communities, this celebration is supposed to be a safe and joyous observation of tradition and culture.

At LifeWire, we acknowledge the impacts of the violence and trauma touching these communities. We offer our love and support to families and friends who are grieving. Our hearts and thoughts are with Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park, and with all who have lost loved ones to violence.  We honor them by caring for community and by advocating for a more just and peaceful world.

LifeWire Hires New Co-Executive Director

On behalf of LifeWire’s Board of Directors and staff, I am thrilled to announce we have hired our Co-Executive Director of Survivor Driven Services — Karlah Ramírez-Tánori!

Karlah Ramírez-Tánori, LifeWire’s Co-Executive Director of Survivor Driven Services

Over the past 20 years, Karlah has held multiple leadership roles dedicated to social justice, crisis intervention, and prevention in the non-profit gender-based violence field. She has held leadership positions working collaboratively with state and national organizations and she has for-profit leadership experience as a business owner.

Karlah has been the recipient of two leadership fellowships supporting the elevation of women of color in nonprofits and has served on multiple boards and state committees focused on improving services for survivors, children, and families affected by domestic and sexual violence.

In 2022, Karlah served as LifeWire’s Services Director and in 2023 has been promoted to LifeWire’s Co- Executive Director of Survivor Driven Services.

It’s an absolute honor to be chosen as the Co- Executive Director of Survivor Driven Services at LifeWire. I am so impressed by our staff, our Board, and the survivors we serve every day. This is an exciting time to lead LifeWire as we expand our emergency shelter, transitional housing, and comprehensive onsite services for survivors who face the greatest safety risks and highest barriers to safe housing in our community.  

Working together, we can create a world where every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression, and with the opportunity to thrive.                                                                  – Karlah Ramírez-Tánori  

Thank you for your continued support of LifeWire and the survivors we serve throughout this transition as we continue to move this incredible organization forward. We are committed to providing every possible resource to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of the survivors we serve.  

Gratefully, 

Theresa Anderson
President, LifeWire Board of Directors

The Seattle Times Fund for Those in Need: Neighbors helping neighbors since 1979

“I remember what it felt like when somebody answered the phone, when somebody gave me hope when I had none. Somebody cared. I knew I needed to get to the other side to one day provide that for others,” said Karlah Ramírez-Tánori, LifeWire Services Director.

On December 14th, Karlah shared her story in The Seattle Times: A domestic violence survivor found help at LifeWire. Then she came back to help | The Seattle Times. We hope you take the time to read Karlah’s story and share it with your friends, family, and community.