2017 SF Peacemaker Awards




The 2017 Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award

7SFPA_Phoebe_Vanderhorst “We establish relationships with Way-Pass students while they’re still inside. We help them with parole plans, education plans. We pick you up at the gate, we bring you to school.”

In 2005 Phoebe Vanderhorst founded, funded and institutionalized City College of San Francisco’s WAY-PASS Women’s Aftercare Program & Supportive Services. WAY-PASS keeps former prisoners in college, helping them matriculate in four-year institutions to earn certificates in health education and public health, thus enabling them to access a financially-secure future. WAY-PASS also builds and strengthens self-esteem through its focus on trauma and healing.  


The 2017 Gail Sadalla Rising Visionary Peacemaker Award

7SFPA_Deena_Abdelwahhab“I don’t know a lot of Muslim women who are able to stand up.  I have a voice, so I can make a change.”

Deena Abdelwahhab is a Peer Leader and restorative conflict mediator at Balboa High School. As a member of AROC (Arab Resource & Organizing Center), Deena organizes events to spread awareness about diversity within the Arab community. She has also advocated for the creation of an Arabic language pathway in the SFUSD. She has organized and led many workshops on Islamophobia and the discrimination Arabs face.  Deena tutors students with developmental and intellectual disabilities and works as a teaching assistant with Aim High, a summer enrichment summer program for low-income youth.


A Project of Instituto Familiar de la Raza
The 2017 Community Boards Leadership Peacemaker Award


“Roadmap knows how critical our cultural roots are to identity development. We remind youth of how powerful their history is.” – Angela Gallegos-Castillo, Roadmap To Peace community builder and planner

RTP Staff

RTP Staff

The Roadmap to Peace (RTP) initiative is a community-driven systems reform initiative dedicated to transforming the health and safety outcomes of the most disconnected Latino youth ages 13-24 in San Francisco, focusing on young Latinos who are out of school and at-risk for gun and street violence. RTP provides services for housing, job training, and medical and mental health, connecting these youth with an array of services rooted in their own culture and community.

Connecting Heart and Mind in Divided Times

There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen


Keynote Speaker

Dana Curtis, a Bay Area mediator since 1991, values opportunities to mediate disputes in which the quality of resolution matters at least as much as “making a deal.” Dana has published articles and books about mediation, including Appellate Mediation: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators. She loves teaching about mediation and has done so throughout the US and internationally, including ten years at Stanford Law School and, more recently, in Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, where she co-teaches Mediating Disputes. Dana is soon to become an Adjunct Professor at the University of Santa Clara, School of Law, where she will serve as Director of Conflict Resolution Programing. Visit Dana’s website:  www.danacurtismediation.com.

Understanding Leverage and the Psychology of Influence

Improving Your Persuasive Skills and Increasing Collaboration


Morning Workshop Leader

Jessica Notini is a professional trainer, mediator, negotiation coach and facilitator practicing in California and internationally.  She also works as an Adjunct Professor for Stanford, Boalt, and Hastings law schools and Mills College’s women’s business school. Her J.D. is from the University of Michigan, with honors of magna cum laude and the Order of the Coif.  Visit Jessica’s website: www.jessicanotini.com.