Q: What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to The Cannabis Alliance?
A: I am a founding board member of The Cannabis Alliance. We spent many hours creating the foundation of this new organization by merging four other organizations together. The articles of incorporation, the bylaws, the mission and vision statements, all have my mark on them. I have served as the Interim Board Secretary for the last year and I hope to see this organization grow exponentially over the coming years. I believe that by grouping together we can better serve the developing industry going forward.
Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
A: A great board member must be able to be earnest and honest in their communication. I think that we must always be humble as well. If it weren’t for the many that laid their life down in front of us then none of us would be here today.
Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
A: The Cannabis Alliance – Non-profit Cannabis Trade Association, 2016 – Current, Title: Founder, and Interim Board Secretary, Seattle, WA;
CAUSE-M – Non-profit Cannabis Trade Association, 2014 – 2016, Title: Founder, President, and Executive Director, Yakima, WA;
Twenty22Many – Non-profit Veteran Advocacy Group, 2015 – Current, Title: Special Advisor, Olympia, WA;
Evergreen Industries SPC – Hemp Apparel Company, 2015 – Current, Title: CEO, Yakima, WA.
Q: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
A: I excel at community organizing and have used that to create ban repeal campaigns across the state. In this process I have gained experience in government outreach and communications. And I can also do organizing for popular education events and educational workshops for both the industry and consumer.
Q: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
A: Yes, this is a necessary function of any non-profit organization. We have to pay to play.
Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
A: No, this is not my first rodeo.
Q: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
A: Yes, I am creating one of Washington’s first industrial hemp companies. I also want to run for public office soon and I am exploring my options.
Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
A: First and foremost, we are all working for the freedom of our plant. A plant that will help heal our mind, body and soul. I have been in the movement in many facets over the years but recently I started getting involved because we have a family farm, a tier 2 located in Thurston County, that I want to advocate for. However, repealing the national prohibition on cannabis is the prize we all should be striving for, because until then none of our businesses are safe.
Q: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?
A: I am able to dedicate myself to the organization as a board member with the required eight hours per week that the bylaws state we must be able to commit to.
Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?
A: On a scale of 1-10 I would say 8.7. We must all get to know each other because when it comes down to making quick choices in this fast paced environment we must trust each others judgment.