2019 San Francisco Peacemaker Awards
Sasanna Yee
2019 Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award
Sasanna Yee, a San Francisco Visitacion Valley native, launched her Peace in the Southeast project to transform “hurt into love”. Motivated by the violent assault on her 88-year-old grandmother, Sasanna has been inspirational in creating racial unity and healing spaces in Visitacion Valley and beyond.

Now her life’s mission, Peace in the Southeast has rippled throughout many community spaces and neighborhoods in the southeast corner of San Francisco. Sasanna is dedicated to transformative justice, improving public safety, and serving all who live and work there.

Sasanna works as a bilingual yoga instructor and a transformational activist, passionate about health and wholeness on all levels. As an instructor, she uses yoga as a point of access to address trauma. As an activist, Sasanna provides compassionate support for underserved and underrepresented communities such as at-risk youth and immigrant families.

She is engaged in healing circles and roundtable dialogues to strengthen African American and Asian American relationships. Sasanna also teaches the art of mindfulness to the children of Visitacion Valley Elementary School.

By giving people the tools to connect deeper with themselves and each other, Sasanna firmly believes we can heal core wounds, build resilience, transform lives, and foster respectful community relations. She viscerally understands the connection between an individual’s pain and the pain of a community.

Through Peace in the Southeast, Sasanna’s journey as an inspirational healer and community leader is truly having a significant impact that continues to grow. Her message and practice is: “Peace begins with me”.
San Francisco Conflict Resolution Center
Founded in 1976, Community Boards operates the oldest nonprofit conflict resolution center in the US. As a restorative justice organization, they offer a wide array of conflict resolution services: mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation, plus a range of trainings. Community Boards maintains a pool of +450 highly skilled volunteer Community Mediators. Mediations are provided in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. They strive to keep their services accessible: sliding scale and waived fees, negotiated contract discounts, and training scholarships.