Board of Directors


The Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform Board of Directors is focused on successfully ending marijuana prohibition in California. The strength of our Board members is their expertise and drive to build healthy communities and a strong economy in California to meet our societal needs, including new jobs, medical support, prison reform and civil rights.

Dale Sky Jones

Dale Sky Jones

Executive Chancellor at Oaksterdman University

Chairwoman

Dale is one of California's most visible cannabis policy reform advocates, having been one of the principal media spokespersons for the Yes on Proposition 19 campaign.

As Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, Dale works to establish successful models for the control, regulation and taxation of the cannabis industry through building coalitions with elected officials, labor unions, law enforcement, health professionals, media, and community and industry leaders.

Organization : Oaksterdman University
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Alice Huffman

Alice Huffman

CA Director at National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Vice Chair

Since 2000 when Ms. Huffman began her tenure as President of the California NAACP, her leadership has accelerated the organization into one of the most sought after participants in California's policy arena.

She serves on the Board of the Center for Democratic Participation and is a member of the California Democratic Party Executive Committee and the Democratic National Committee. Ms. Huffman graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Social and Cultural Anthropology and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Organization : National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
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Dale  Gieringer, Ph.D.

Dale Gieringer, Ph.D.

State Director at California NORML

Treasurer

Dale Gieringer has been state coordinator of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987. He is Vice-Chairman of the national NORML board of directors, director of the California Drug Policy Forum (DPFCA), and treasurer of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance.

Dr. Gieringer has published research on medical marijuana usage, marijuana smoke harm reduction, potency testing, marijuana and driving safety, and drug urinalysis, and testified before the legislature and in court on marijuana issues.

He was one of the original co-authors of California's medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, and proponent of Oakland's 2004 Measure Z cannabis initiative.

Organization : California NORML
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Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

Executive Director at Patient ID Center, Prop 19 Proponent

Board member

Jeff has provided expertise in the medical cannabis field to Californians for over 14 years.

He serves on the Board of the Medical Cannabis Association (MCA) and the Green Aid Medical Cannabis Defense Fund.

He also helped establish Alameda County Patient Services, which provides patients and caregivers with official State of California Medical Marijuana ID cards in Alameda County.

Organization : Patient ID Center, Prop 19 Proponent
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David Bronner

David Bronner

President at Dr Bronner's Magic Soap

Board member

David is President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. Under his leadership, Dr. Bronner's was one of the first brands to certify their products under the USDA National Organic Program.

Today Dr. Bronner's is coordinating certified fair trade projects for all major ingredients. He was coordinator of the Hemp Industries Association's (HIA) successful multi-year litigation against the DEA to protect sales of hemp foods and body care in the U.S. He is a board member of both the HIA and Vote Hemp, and is working to bring hemp farming back into U.S. markets. David holds a B.A. in biology from Harvard.

Organization : Dr Bronner's Magic Soap
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Antonio Gonzales

Antonio Gonzales

President at William C. Velasquez Institute

Board member

Antonio is President of the William C. Velasquez Institute. WCVI is a preeminent national Latino public policy and research organization.

Gonzalez is a leading expert on Latino voter mobilization, and President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.

In August 2005, Time Magazine named Gonzalez one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America due to his ability to mobilize the Latino vote. He holds a masters in Latin American History from UC Berkeley.

Organization : William C. Velasquez Institute
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Richard Lee

Richard Lee

Prop 19 Proponent, Founder OU at Oaksterdam University

Board member

Richard Lee has been an inspiring leader in the movement to end cannabis prohibition for 17 years.

He is a dedicated cannabis educator, the founder and President of Oaksterdam University, and has created several diversified cannabis enterprises in Oakland, all of which have helped contribute to the revitalization and economic growth of the city's downtown area.

Richard was the principal proponent of California's marijuana measure, Proposition 19.

Organization : Oaksterdam University
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Stacia Cosner

Stacia Cosner

Deputy Director at Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Board member

Anastacia "Stacia" Cosner is Deputy Director with Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Stacia got involved with drug policy in 2005 when she joined the campus SSDP chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park, and was soon elected its president. She was elected to the University Senate, and she and her chapter have received numerous leadership awards.

Stacia has testified on a variety of policy issues before the Maryland state legislature. She was elected to SSDP's national board of directors in 2006, and has worked with the Marijuana Policy Project, the Institute for Humane Studies, and DRCNet/StopTheDrugWar.

Organization : Students for Sensible Drug Policy
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Neil Franklin

Neill Franklin

Executive Director at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

Board member

Major Neill Franklin, a 34-year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, was commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement.

He instituted the first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police. Early in his career, Neill served as a narcotics agent with the Maryland State Police. Neill serves on many boards, including Children 1st, the Faith Based Community Council on Law Enforcement and Intelligence, the Place of Grace Church, and the Anne Arundel Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and is board president of TurnAround, Inc.

Organization : Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
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Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry

Workers' Representative at United Food & Commercial Worker's Union, Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division

Board member

Debby Goldsberry is a leader 25 years strong in the medical cannabis industry and marijuana policy reform. Debby assists workers through the collective bargaining process and joins the CCPR board on behalf of United Food & Commercial Workers' Union's Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division.

She co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective, co-founded and directed Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the Medical Cannabis Safety Council (MCSC), and Cannabis Action Network (CAN).

She is a board member at California NORML, a former board member of the Marijuana Policy Project, and is an instructor at Oaksterdam University.

Organization : United Food & Commercial Worker's Union, Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division
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Don Duncan

Don Duncan

Co-Founder, Americans for Safe Access

Board member

Don Duncan has served on the Board of Directors since he co-founded American for Safe Access in 2002. As California Director, he is coordinating the grassroots and grasstops campaign to fully implement the states medical cannabis laws, respond to federal interference, and build a broader and more powerful coalition for medical cannabis in California. Mr. Duncan was instrumental in galvanizing grassroots resistance to federal raids and in seeding local self-regulatory alliances for medical cannabis providers statewide.

He has worked closely with elected officials, law enforcement, collective operators, and community members in local implementation efforts in several California cities and counties, and is currently working with lawmakers in Sacramento to adopt legislation to expand rights for patients. Mr. Duncan co-founded one of the oldest and most reputable families of medical cannabis dispensing collectives in California, helping to open legal facilities in Berkeley, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles. He is a leading consultant in the field of medical cannabis and has been featured in major media coverage, including 60 Minutes, Dan Rather Reports, Retirement Living TV, and the Los Angeles Times.

Organization : Americans for Safe Access
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Nate Bradley

Executive Director, California Cannabis Industry Association

Board member

Nate Bradley is the Executive Director and cofounder of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA). He is responsible for public policy advocacy and political strategy at the state and local levels. Mr. Bradley is highly skilled in creating campaign messaging, demographic targeting, and public policy development.

Bradley served as a spokesman and advisor to the Yes on Prop 19 Campaign and was a public policy advisor to CSPARC (Committee for Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis) in Sacramento County, California.

In 2010, Bradley founded Lawmen Protecting Patients, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization consisting of retired and disabled members of the law enforcement community who have become medical cannabis patients and now advocate on their behalf.

He also brings with him 10 years of education and experience in law enforcement and defense investigation. He has worked as a city Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff and Criminal Defense Investigator. During his time in law enforcement he received extensive specialized training and has conducted numerous criminal investigations.

Organization : California Cannabis Industry Association
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Yami Bolanos

Founder, Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance

Board member

Yamileth Bolanos is a 19-year liver transplant survivor and 30+ year cancer survivor. Her story of therapeutic cannabis use has been a cornerstone narrative not just for the opening of her dispensary, PureLife Alternative Wellness, a keystone dispensary in Los Angeles, but also the continuing expansion of state legislation to protect the rights of cannabis patients. Recently she has advocated for the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, AB 258, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in July of 2015 and will become California law January 1, 2016. Yami is the founder and president of the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA), the oldest trade organization for medical cannabis facility owner-operators in the country. Most recently, in coordination with Americans for Safe Access, she developed El Remedio, a Spanish-language outreach program for the Latina/o community. 

Organization : Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance
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Hezekiah Allen

Executive Director, Emerald Growers Association

Board member

Hezekiah Allen was born and raised in Humboldt County. He studied Politics and Government at Pacific University. After university he returned to the North Coast to work as a consultant helping local residents increase water storage, implement conservation irrigation practices, and assisting local organizations with fundraising and strategic planning. In 2010 he was hired as the Executive Director of the Mattole Restoration Council. While with the MRC Allen was one of the first community leaders to call attention to the increasingly severe environmental impacts associated with illegal and unregulated marijuana cultivation.

In 2013 he stepped down as ED of the MRC to work as a public affairs consultant. In this capacity one of his main areas of focus has been advancing regulation to help stem the tide of environmental and violent crimes associated with cultivation. He has presented at dozens of best management workshops, helped to author the widely distributed Best Management Practices guide, and has done on-site consultation with dozens of farmers throughout the region and the state.

All his life he has been a fierce guardian of and advocate for the heritage of small scale farms and sustainable cannabis cultivation in CA. He has a deep understanding of the impacts prohibition has had on families, communities, and patients throughout the state. It is Allen's underlying belief that--just as cannabis can heal people--the cannabis advocacy community can heal politics through a collaborative and inclusive approach, cannabis businesses can heal our economy through decentralization and opportunity for all, and cannabis farms can heal the natural treasures of the state by integrating best management practices and a stewardship ethic on to the farm.

In June 2014 Hezekiah relocated to Sacramento after he accepted a contract to work as the Executive Director of the Emerald Growers Association, a trade association focused on promoting public policies that will foster a sustainable, healthy and legal cannabis industry.

Organization : Emerald Growers Association
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