Nelson is a first generation Ecuadorian-American. He is a City University of New York, Lehman College Graduate Class of 2013 in Business Administration and Marketing. He’s an experienced entrepreneur; upon graduation he started NanoTechnostics Inc. a biomedical company that won People's Choice at the New York State Business Plan Competition and took part in the prestigious LI Comets Accelerator program in Huntington Long Island. Post Nanotechnostics inc. Nelson has held leadership roles for SDN Design an Architectural firm as Project Manager, as well as leading Business Development and Sales for RevPoint Media a lead generation company. This year Nelson Cofounded the Cannabis Cultural Association a non-profit dedicated to help underrepresented communities in the legal cannabis/hemp industry, by providing informational workshops, cultural programs, and community events with an emphasis on issues disproportionately affecting communities of color: access to medical cannabis, adult use legalization, and criminal justice reform.
Kristin, Chair of Newman Ferrara’s Cannabis Practice Group, has over 19 years of real estate, state licensing and governmental regulatory experience. Prior to joining the firm, she served in and led several corporate and retail real estate departments, including Kaplan, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Town Sports International and Soulcycle. Kristin received her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Albany and her law degree from the University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law where she was a Professor Willie L. Moore Summer Fellow during her studies at Cambridge University at Emmanuel College in the UK. Kristin serves as the Co-Chair of the Real Property Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association and Chair of the Real Estate Committee of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.
Jacob is an alumnus of SSDP, originally recruited by chapter president Leland Radovanovic after volunteering at the NYC Sensible Soirée in 2015. He’s a graduate of CUNY Baruch College with his degree in Corporate Communications. Jacob is also a co-founder of Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to bringing diversity to the industry whilst educating communities who have been misinformed by the War on Drugs. Skilled in emotional and cultural intelligence, he sees cannabis/hemp as “the great unifier” with the power to bring communities closer together, when utilized properly. Jacob hopes to unite different cultural demographics and provide awareness about the multifaceted purposes of cannabis and hemp.
A New York-bred entrepreneur with a background in business development. After graduating with a degree from Binghamton University, I obtained start-up development experience in NYC before co-founding the Cannabis Cultural Association. I recently relocated to Boston to work on the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol while volunteering for both Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. I am looking to further grow my career by networking with like-minded individuals and learning more about innovation in the Cannabis Industry.
Sonia Erika is an illegal alien who graduated with Harvard's class of 2016. She studied social anthropology, economics, and visual environmental studies (art). She was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. at the age of 6. Sonia realized she was illegal during high school. Since then she's worked with James Franco, Buzzfeed, VICE Magazine, RedMan and MethodMan. Sonia uses art and technology to reframe narratives about being latinx, female, undocumented, and cannabis.