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Professional Expertise for the Cannabis Industry

Public Research + Organizational Development + Data Analytics

Research that is conducted in the public interest, that benefits the public and public sector institutions.
Organizational Development aligns strategy, people and processes.

It balances the need for internal effectiveness and wellbeing, with adapting to the external environment in which an organization operates.

An Organizational Development Manager helps an organization define their agenda rather than be reactive to needs.

They make a difference by enabling organizations to understand their own processes and systems.

Timeline of Experience

2010 - 2012   Assisted in outdoor/indoor growing operations in Santa Cruz and Oakland, watering and inspecting sites for PM and insects, harvesting, trimming, packaging.

2013 - 2015   Managed raw materials processing teams in Ukiah and Oakland.

2016 - present  Consulting with cannabis businesses seeking to establish industry footing, business structure or assistance reaching compliance.
  • Conducted extensive research on cannabis policy, created financial and operational structure to bring organizations into compliance with city + state laws. 
  • Developed license applications and SOPs for commercial operations in Berkeley, Oakland, Humboldt, Eureka, San Diego, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, and West Hollywood, CA. 
  • Provide technical assistance and business consulting services and incubator /investor relationship management exclusively to social equity entrepreneurs.

2019 - present  Field Research in Mendocino County
  • Launch of retail dispensary in Berkeley.
  • Provide Loan and Grant underwriting for Cannabis Social Equity Programs in Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles.
  • Prepare social equity applicants to be grant recipients or loan borrowers with financial literacy, templates, technical assistance with online literacy, support in bureaucracy navigation.
  • Digital Communications and Outreach for the Berkeley Cannabis Research Center in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Together, we'll diagnose the challenges you're facing.

I will produce a holistic approach to improving your organization's performance in a systemic way.

1. Needs Assessment and Organizational Chart:
We will discuss your immediate and long-term needs + map out how your organization works.

2. Gathering and Assessing data:
You will share any data, contracts, emails, etc. that you think I should review or begin to Project Manage.

3. Feedback and decision:
I will provide a SWOT Analysis and Risk Assessment. With this information, you will determine what level of intervention is necessary to improve your organization's performance.

4. Form the plan!
I will create a timeline and a plan that is at the heart of your organization, focused on high impact with minimum costs.

5. Intervene:
Some examples of high impact interventions are: creating Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs), establishing an Operating Budget or new Accounting system, Compliance Audit, staff restructuring, group coaching, professional training programs, new software/new vendors, etc.

6. Evaluate:
I will evaluate our process from start to finish. Using an action research approach, I will be continually assessing the impact + results so that changes can be made as we go along.

Consultant, Cannabis Researcher

Policy Findings & Recommendations Regarding California Cannabis: Farming, Regulation and the Environment

This report presents multiple pathways for consideration by state and local governments, in their efforts to improve cannabis cultivation policy.

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LINKS ⋅ Cannabis Research in California

There are several University of California campuses with centers for cannabis research.

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Video ⋅ Berkeley Cannabis Research Center Speaker Series

Since 2021 we have hosted a virtual Speaker Series featuring panels of cannabis experts in a zoom webinar format.

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  • Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Available for calls, virtual meetings. Available for site visits in California, New Mexico, Las Vegas, New York, New Jersey.
  •  Mon-Thurs: 10am - 6pm