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 us?
A: I currently serve on the interim Board of Directors as the Treasurer and, prior to the merger, served on the Board of Directors of the CCSE from April 2014. The cannabis community and industry is constantly in flux and it is crucial that an organization exists to help create clarity among all of the noise. The Cannabis Alliance focuses on education that is informed by both our members in the cannabis community and our interactions with the various regulatory and law-making bodies in Washington State. I feel that the Cannabis Alliance's main mission is to create truth, honesty, and hope and this is an inspiring mission to help move forward.
Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
A: Devotion of not only time, but energy and follow-through. The ability to strongly share your opinions, but also the willingness to question and adapt your opinions. Finding a way to forge agreement with a group of strong-willed people.
Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
A: Currently serve on the interim board of The Cannabis Alliance. Prior to this, serve on the board of the CCSE from April 2014.
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 am a CPA whose private practice focuses exclusively on the cannabis industry. I can help manage all of the financials and tax reporting for The Cannabis Alliance, as well as provide insight to the tax/financial implications of various decisions, filtered through the cannabis industry's specific tax position.
Q: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
A: I am, but it is not my strong suit. I am very adept at budgeting, analysis, and review of financial goals and strategies.
Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
A: I am always concerned about making the organization the most effective it can be.
Q: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
A: I do appreciate the opportunity to learn more directly from a wide-range of actors in the industry, as it enhances my skill set as a CPA advising the industry.
Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
A: The drug war is one of the most dishonest and destructive public policy initiatives ever embarked upon by the United States. As a CPA, and as a rational human being, I believe that facts should drive drug policy. I became involved in the industry so that I could help the activists, the fighters, the dreamers, the entrepreneurs prove that the war on drugs has been a massive failure.
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 run my own business, so a lot of autonomy over my calendar. However, my business is expanding, so meetings every 2 weeks (including the open meeting) would be ideal.
Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?