Julia Lee, Uncle Ike's
Q1: 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?
I have spent the last year and a half working as the Operations Manager for The Cannabis Alliance so I am lucky to have gotten to learn about the organization in a very unique way and at a very intimate level.
I am passionate about The Alliance's mission because I believe it is the only way we can/should approach all the opportunities and challenges that come with this newly regulated cannabis industry. Our mission reminds us that profit should not come at the expense of people or the planet. It keeps us mindful of the future and holds us accountable for the past. It reflects my commitment to integrity and ethics.
Although I have decided to take a new opportunity and will no longer be working as a staff member for The Alliance, I remain committed to the organization, its work, and its membership. I know that donating my time and energy to The Cannabis Alliance is the best investment I can make as a professional in this field and will be the most effective way to create the future I'd like to see.
Q2: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
Contrast - Someone who brings something unique to the table. Whether that be a skillset, resources, or experience. The more diverse a board is, the stronger it is, in my opinion.
Participation - Someone engaged and involved who shows up and puts up.
Duty - Someone who takes their responsibilities (both fiduciary and not) as a board member seriously. Someone with a desire for stewardship and to serve the membership.
Q3: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
No. This will be the first board I have ever run for!
Well, I believe that from my time as a staff member, I have a very high level understanding of the organization, as well as strong knowledge of/good relationships with the membership. I believe this will allow me to bring a very interesting dynamic to the board. I am also experienced with working in several different areas of the industry as an employee as opposed to a business owner so I think I bring an interesting "bottom-up" perspective on certain issues. I also feel like I have a pretty wide network within the industry/community which always proves to be valuable here and there.
Q5: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
Q6: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
Just making sure the membership understands that I am an individual member separate from Uncle Ike's and that my representation and votes reflect my own opinions.
Q7: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
Definitely. I hope to be considered part of the next generation of leaders who steer this industry in the direction we'd like to see it go. Serving on this board is my way of representing the people who I hope will look to me as a leader one day.
Q8: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
I love everything about cannabis. The plant, the science, the community, the market, the culture... you name it. Its truly the most interesting thing I've ever been a part of and I learn something new every day. There is so much work to be done and incredible potential for positive impact. It's a place where I feel like I can make a difference.
Q9: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?
Work M-F 9-5 but will do what I can to find availability as needed.