O2 Initiatives congratulates the 2017 recipients of our O2 Sabbatical Award:

Emily Arnold-Fernández

Executive Director, Asylum Access

Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Cristy Johnston Limón

Executive Director, Destiny Arts Center

Rebecca Rolfe

Executive Director, San Francisco LGBT Center

Doug Shoemaker

President, Mercy Housing California

Christine Stoner-Mertz

President and CEO, Lincoln

Past Awardees


Sam Cobbs

Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth

Diane Dodge

Executive Director, East Bay College Fund

Erica Kisch

Executive Director, Compass Family Services

Jeremy Madsen

Chief Executive Officer, Greenbelt Alliance

Patricia Murillo

Executive Director, Alternatives in Action

Dorsey Nunn

Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Lance Toma

Executive Director, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center


Suart Cohen

Executive Director, TransForm

Regina Jackson

President and CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center

José Quiñonez

Chief Executive Officer, Mission Asset Fund

Judith Smith

Artistic Director, AXIS Dance Company

Julia R. Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, OneJustice