CCPR Board of Directors


Dale-Jones

Dale Sky Jones · Chair

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.

Alice-Huffman

Ms. Alice Huffman · 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.

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Dale Gieringer, Ph.D. · Treasurer

Dale Gieringer has been the state coordinator of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987. He is also 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. He has testified before the legislature and in court on issues concerning personal use of marijuana. He was one of the original co-authors of California's medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, and the proponent of Oakland’s Measure Z cannabis initiative in 2004.

Dan-Rush

Dan Rush · Secretary

Dan Rush, a founding Board Member and Secretary of Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), is also the Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Cannabis Workers Rising of North America, headquartered in Washington DC, and is a co-founder of UFCW Local 5's Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division (the origins of UFCW International Union's, Cannabis Workers Rising, Campaign).

Dan and his wife Pam, and 3 generations of their family, continue to live on the 5 generation Rush Family Compound, in Oakland, California.

Currently, Dan also serves (since 1996) as Executive Secretary Treasurer of Instituto Laboral de la Raza, a 501(c)3, non profit, immigrant workers' family resource center for mono-lingual, immigrant working families in California, with offices in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles California. Dan also serves on the California Democratic Party-Executive Board, for the 15th AD, as the elected Executive Board Member and Delegate.

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Diane Goldstein · Chief of Staff

Diane Goldstein is a 21-year veteran of law enforcement who retired as the first female lieutenant for the Redondo Beach Police Department, (CA). She is a speaker and Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), serving as Chief of Staff for Dale Sky Jones, and the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform.

She is a guest columnist for Cannabis Now Magazine, The Huffington Post, High Times, The Orange Juice Blog, Medical Marijuana 411, and Ladybud Magazine, as well as appearing on television and on radio as a political commentator.

David-Bronner  David Bronner · Board Member

David is President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Under David’s 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. David was the main coordinator of the Hemp Industries Association’s (HIA) successful multi-year litigation against the Drug Enforcement Administration, to protect sales of hemp foods and body care in the United States.

He is a board member of both the HIA and Vote Hemp, and is working to bring hemp farming back into US Markets. David holds a B.A. in Biology from Harvard.

Antonio-Gonzalez  Antonio Gonzalez · 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.

Jeff-Jones 

Jeff Jones · 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.

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Richard Lee · Board Member

Richard has been working to end cannabis prohibition for 17 years.

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

Richard was the principal proponent of Proposition 19.

 
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Kristin Nevedal · Board Member

Kristin Nevedal is co-founder and board chair of the Emerald Growers Association whose mission is to promote the medicinal, environmental, social, and economic benefits of lawfully cultivated sun-grown medical cannabis from California’s Emerald Triangle region by advocating for public policies that foster a healthy, sustainable medical cannabis industry.

As chair of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Cannabis Committee’s Cultivation Working Group, Kristin assisted in the development of cannabis cultivation model regulations and best practices for agency consideration. Kristin is also an instructor at Oaksterdam University, teaching classes on environmental sustainability and Best Management Practices.

Kristin’s broad policy and advocacy experience also includes serving as a board member for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana (CRMM), Americans for Safe Access’s Patient Focused Certification Program, and the 420 Archives.

 Graham-Boyd  

Graham Boyd · Honorary Board Member

Graham is a visiting fellow at the Criminal Justice Center at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, he was the founder and director of the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.

Boyd has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts across the nation, building a record of court victories and resulting policy changes.

He has played a leading role in criminal justice reforms, including changes in sentencing, racial profiling, medical marijuana, police practices, and alternatives to incarceration.

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Stephen Gutwillig · Honorary Board Member

Stephen is California Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading organization advocating alternatives to the war on drugs. He oversees DPA’s statewide legislative agenda, “model city” initiative in San Francisco, and other projects across California.

Based in LA, Stephen primarily focuses on marijuana reform, including advocacy on behalf of Prop. 19 in 2010. He recently supervised the production of several reports documenting racist enforcement of marijuana possession laws throughout the state.

He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, Telemundo, and Fox as well as in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and dozens of other media outlets.