Meet Our Advisory Board
While growing up in Oakland, California during the war on drugs era, he managed to stay out of trouble and maintain a 4.0 gpa and a full time job while in high school. He was also using and selling cannabis. Cannabis sales to him was another form of employment. In 1999 while on an errand with his grandmother, she had him go to a dispensary, from that day forward his mission was to own one for himself, so he could sale cannabis legally. He worked at and was a vendor for multiple bay area dispensaries from 1999-2004. In 2003 he attempted to become an owner of a dispensary, and was told blacks would never own in this business. In 2004 he was arrested for possession with the intent to sale, and given 10 years of felony probation with a 4 way search clause. Still determined to learn more on the legal side, he attended and graduated from Oaksterdam University in 2008. In true path formation, had he not been arrested, he would not have qualified for the Equity program…
Now as the 1st person to open a dispensary under Oakland’s Social Equity program, he is finally continuing on that path of ownership. His goals and values are still spiritual and family driven. He is looking to change the face of the cannabis industry, one location at a time. Blunts + Moore opened its doors on November 24th, 2018 to a huge crowd, great food, and lifted spirits. A native born son, selling cannabis legally in OAKLAND!!!
In 2018, she transitioned her career into the legal cannabis industry, where she’s led marketing functions for several of California’s largest operators: Flow Kana, a leading brand of sungrown flower, and Care By Design, a pioneer in cannabinoid wellness. Through her strategy consultancy, Growing Impact, she has helped numerous cannabis clients across marketing, business development, and sales strategy including CannaCraft, Project CBD, Rebel Spirit, Humble & Fume and Loos. As a Fund Advisor with West Creek Investments, Annie also advises and invests in early-stage cannabis companies.
She is a fierce advocate for ESG (environmental, social, governance) and diverse representation in cannabis. Annie serves as a mentor to underrepresented founders through Our Academy and Eaze’s Momentum Accelerator, and as an Advisor to MJ Unpacked, Royal Technology Agriculture, High Confectionary, Garden Society and Cannabis Doing Good.
Annie honed her marketing expertise managing CPG brands at the Clorox Company, later leading trade marketing for Solyndra, a manufacturer of solar panels. She built and led the first marketing teams at Amyris - a biotechnology innovator, Couchsurfing - the world’s largest online travel community, and World Centric - a manufacturer of sustainable food packaging, where she was also responsible for developing national accounts.
Annie holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she co-founded the HBS Green Business Alumni Association.
• Y Combinator Top Company (2021)
• Forbes 30 Under 30 - Enterprise Technology (2021)
• Entrepreneur Top 100 Cannabis Companies (2019)