Peacemaker Awards

The 2022 Peacemaker Awards Will be an Outdoor Event Taking Place on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the Hilton Bayfront

5:30 pmCocktail Reception
7:00 pmDinner & Program

Our world is filled with conflict. At NCRC, we are dedicated to proving that, while conflict is inevitable, it is manageable on every level and in all environments. In addition to our daily efforts to build bridges, each year NCRC honors others who find ways to use the techniques of honest communication and work toward shared goals that lead to peaceful conflict resolution.

The Peacemaker Awards History

Since the first Peacemaker Awards in 1989, NCRC has celebrated the accomplishments of many individuals and organizations for their ability to recognize a need for change, then craft a positive solution to the issue. NCRC has given awards to deserving recipients ranging from well-known elected officials and public figures to reformed gang members and tattoo artists. Knowing that peacemaking happens in a variety of ways, NCRC celebrates both large and small acts of successful conflict management. At the 2021 Peacemaker Awards, we were pleased to add Dr. Anthony Fauci, Nene and Ekene Okolo, and the heads of San Diego’s three community foundations, Beth Sirull, Mark Stuart and Christy Wilson to the list of awardees who actively support collaborative problem-solving and work to bridge divides to strengthen communities. By publicly acknowledging and celebrating these outstanding individuals and organizations, NCRC hopes the Peacemaker Awards will broadcast far and wide that there is hope for change and we must always strive to find positive solutions to conflict and violence.

COVID-19 Safety

  • - For the safety of all guests, all attendees must be fully vaccinated and wearing masks, except when eating or drinking.
  • - We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will transition to a virtual event if circumstances warrant it.


National Award: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Fauci is a true Peacemaker: He has worked in the administrations of seven presidents, both Republican and Democratic, and continues his service as President Biden’s chief medical adviser. He is also a skilled communicator whose confidence, credibility and calm demeanor give people a sense of hopefulness, even in challenging times. Public opinion surveys nationwide continue to name Dr. Fauci as the medical expert Americans trust most for timely and reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic. He has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.


Beth Sirull

Beth Sirull

Jewish Community

Christy Wilson

Christy Wilson

Rancho Santa Fe

Mark Stuart

Mark Stuart

San Diego Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation, and Rancho Santa Fe Community Foundation have raised nearly $70 million, addressing myriad needs including food security; childcare; computers and internet access; medical support; and workforce training. As the leaders of these foundations, Mark Stuart, Beth Sirull and Christy Wilson took swift action to secure donations and to put the money to use, on behalf of the most vulnerable San Diegans.

LOCAL AWARD: Nene & Ekene Okolo

Nene & Ekene Okolo

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) has begun to come to terms with systemic racism on its elementary, middle school and high school campuses, thanks to the work of teenaged sisters Nene and Ekene Okolo. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests last spring and summer, they created an Instagram account, Black in PUSD, that’s drawn more than 1,200 posts detailing experiences of racism by students, faculty, staff and parents alike. It’s prompted the district to take action guided by Nene and Ekene including passage of a racial equity and inclusion plan and the addition of ethnic studies and ethnic literature courses.


Lori Walton

Lori Walton


Una Davis & Jack McGrory

Una Davis & Jack McGrory

Host Committee

  • Deborah and Shaun Boss

  • Roberta and Malin Burnham

  • Michelle and Art Candland

  • Jean and Rudy Castruita

  • Carol and Jeff Chang

  • James Davis

  • Bobbi Dinkin

  • Marci and Jeffrey Dinkin

  • Kelly and J.D. Douglas

  • Susanna and Michael Flaster

  • Tara Fuad and Steven Dinkin

  • Elaine Galinson
    and Herbert Solomon

  • Joyce Gattas
    and Jay Jeffcoat

  • Amy and Bill Geppert

  • Ann and Ben Haddad

  • Joan and Richard A. Heller

  • Jeanne Herberger

  • Lee and Christian Hulburt

  • Rachel Hurst
    and Richard Clampitt

  • Jeffrey Isaacs

  • Jerri-Ann and Gary Jacobs

  • The Jaffe Family

  • Faith and Steve Jennings

  • Sue and Lyle Kalish

  • Julie and Tom Karlo

  • Linda and Mel Katz

  • Tina and Bill Logan

  • Connie Matsui
    and Bill Beckman

  • Peter James MacCracken

  • Judy McDonald

  • Ann Navarra

  • Tracy and Chuck Nichols

  • Rena and Rich Paul

  • The Payne Family

  • Jeanne and Ted Roth

  • Dorian and Bill Sailer

  • Barbara Sawrey

  • Sheel and Peter Seidler

  • Teri Sforza and Jeff Light

  • Marcie Sinclair
    and Andy Ratner

  • Carol and Jack Studebaker

  • Kathy Taylor
    and Terry L. Atkinson

  • Debbie Turner

  • Jennifer and Tom Turner

  • Lori Walton

  • Sharon and David Wax

  • Abby and Ray Weiss

  • Claire and Philip Wise

  • Meryl and George Young

  • Dr. Kristiina Vuori