Joon Y. Bang has been named Chief Executive Officer of Iona Senior Services. Bang, who replaces Sally S. White, will join Iona Oct. 1.
A recognized expert in aging services with a commitment to working with diverse populations, Bang brings over 12 years of nonprofit leadership experience to Iona. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of the Seattle-based National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the dignity, well-bring, and quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and diverse communities as they age. He previously served as Executive Director of the Korean American Coalition (KAC) in Los Angeles. That city’s leaders honored Bang as a 2018 Impact-Maker to Watch, recognizing his skill “building consensus and coalitions to ensure the rights we all fight for regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.” In addition, under his leadership, KAC was selected as a 2017 California Nonprofit of the Year. Bang began his nonprofit career with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
“We are excited to welcome Joon Bang to Iona,” said Ruthann Bates, President of Iona’s Board of Directors. “We are confident that he will be able to build quickly on Sally White’s legacy of strength and service to enter the next phase of Iona’s contribution to the health and well-being of older adults.”
“I look forward to stewarding Iona’s mission with the team and building on Sally’s 35 years of service,” said Bang. “Iona’s new adult day health center in Southeast Washington reflects the organization’s commitment to bringing services to neighborhoods and populations that have long been neglected and where the needs are greatest—a commitment I’ve shared throughout my career. Together, we’ll ensure the District’s aging population from all backgrounds and all parts of the region have access to the resources and support they need to live with dignity and thrive.”
“There are so many opportunities ahead for Iona with the right leader—and that leader is Joon Bang,” said White. “Joon has dedicated his career to addressing inequities impacting diverse and vulnerable populations. His strategic and compassionate leadership is just what is needed to expand Iona’s role as both a regional expert and national model for care and support for older adults and family caregivers—no matter their age, income, or the address of their homes. I know that Iona’s generous donors—who have supported us over the years and throughout this transition—will enjoy getting to know Joon as much as I have,” added White.