The Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award
Gaynorann is a Pacific Islander of mixed descent and a native of San Francisco. She has worked in the community for over 25 years. She has been a leader, volunteer, first responder, advocate, organizer, speaker, representative, and expert in the field of Pacific Islander and BIPOC needs. Gaynorann’s mission is to advocate in spaces that make decisions on issues that impact the community and to mobilize, organize, and empower people facing disparities.
Gaynorann started organizing peace marches in 1991 with youth to bring gangs/turf together to bring peace to the streets. She served on the Victim Services Board and Crime Survivor Boards. She is one of the founding members of United Playaz, Aiga1, and other initiatives that are deeply rooted in violence prevention and youth empowerment. Gaynorann has organized 12 agencies that serve the community at no cost. Most recently, she created the first Pacific Islander Resource, The Hut, in the Bayview.