The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC



BOARD | board


Osa Obaseki, Co-Chair

Osa brings over twelve years of community involvement in  nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, including Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, and COR Health Institute. He is a hip hop lyricist, music producer, and professional web designer at Systems Integration and Development, as well as one of the founding leaders of The Sanctuaries.

“I believe in The Sanctuaries because I have seen so many lives changed over the years and there few things more important to me than art and soul!”


Laura Gibson, Co-Chair

Laura is a Research Director at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work aims to improve the health of large numbers of people by improving public health interventions. She graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. 

“I am proud to be a part of the Sanctuaries because the arts nourish the soul, and all of our souls could use a little food. Also, there is such beauty in connecting with one another across the borders of our experiences.” 


Sarah Jencks

Sarah has been Director of Education and Interpretation at Ford’s Theatre Society for the last ten years, where she oversees all student and teacher programming, as well as web content and museum exhibitions. She is a former teacher and holds an M.Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Gabrielle Julien-Molineaux

Gabrielle has an 18 year career in higher education administration and currently oversees graduate enrollment management at George Washington University. She holds an advanced degree from Howard University in Communication and an Ed.D from George Washington University. She is also a lifelong choral singer.


Souhail Salty, Treasurer

Souhail is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and former Program Manager at McKinsey & Company. He holds a BS in Finance and Management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

“I love the Sanctuaries because it gives me hope. It acts as an inspiring example of what humanity, at its best, can look like — when we embrace our collective humanity through education, arts, spirituality, and social activism.”