O2 Initiatives congratulates the 2019 recipients of our O2 Sabbatical Award:

Patrick Dooley

Artistic Director, Shotgun Players

Mary Ann Jones

Chief Executive Officer, Westside Community Services

Lisa Steindler

Executive Artistic Director, Z Space

Villy Wang

Founder, President & CEO, BAYCAT

Jerry Yang

Executive Director, Kai Ming Head Start

Past Awardees


Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez

Co-Founder and Executive Director, RYSE Center

Gail Gilman

Chief Executive Officer, Community Housing Partnership

Christie Keith

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Margaret Libby

Founding Executive Director, MyPath

Jordan Simmons

Executive and Artistic Director, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Robyn Thomas

Executive Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Diane Wong

Executive Director, J-Sei, Inc.


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


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