Oscar Velasco-Schmitz


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 know that I jive with the rhythms guiding the steps toward the ever-building organization and operating principals that help to develop our planet and society.

Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?

A: Someone who does what they say they will do, while being respectful, tactful and considerate at all times.

Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?

A: Yes. CCSE founding board member

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: Industry, Civic and Media relationships: municipal (Seattle, Bellingham); state (legislators, governor, UW); national (House, Senate, DOJ, Dept. of Trans, FDA), Seattle Times, AP, TV, Radio, Podcasts. Strategic Thinking, Political discourse, Philosophy, Finance and Fun having

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

Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?

A: No

Q: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?

A: Absolutely. The civic engagement that I undertake can only be amplified by this platform. It provides me the opportunity to exchange with industry colleagues and have my thoughts and ideas challenged, and it gives me the opportunity to hear other's ideas and thoughts.

Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?

A: It is one of my life's work to help normalize cannabis back into society on all levels of knowing, from cultural, personal, economic, environmental, and social.

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 have a family (2 young children) and run multiple firms and have a life and travel. But you - know, I'm flexible, within reason.

Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?

A: Important


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