By design our organization enlists the vote of all of our members for all major direction setting decisions. Votes are done in our face to face meetings and most generally speaking, requires you to be present to cast a vote. We have a board of directors and hold open elections for all positions.
Executive Director: John Davis– NWPRC
John is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Patient Resource Center. He has been working on cannabis law reform for more than 20 years and has worked on many initiatives since 1993 including I-692 (Washington Medical Marijuana) and I-75 (Seattle lowest police priority). He is a founding member of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics (CCSE) and served as the first Chairman of the Board when the CCSE was formed and created the first draft of the CCSE’s bylaws.
John has worked with many localities including the Seattle Mayor’s office, State and Federal lawmakers, Congressional Committees and Subcommittees and has written and influenced laws since 1993. John was a member of President Vicente Fox’s global summit on cannabis reform, is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Recreational MJ Guidance Workgroup, and continues to work with the Liquor Control Board on 502 implementation. He is a Board Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association and Chairs the Board for Seattle Hempfest’s production company. John has been instrumental in garnering world wide press for CCSE and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Time Magazine, GQ, CNN, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (Worldwide, English, and America) TF1, ITN4, ABC, NBC, CBS, Seattle Times, LA Times, Las Vegas Spokesman Review, Weekly World Report and many others.
Vice Executive Director: Boris Gorodnitsky – DamaOil
Boris Gorodnitsky is a partner in New Leaf Enterprises, the producer of dàmà brand products, and one of the premier cannabis companies in Washington. Boris’s initial career was in technology, but after several years of personal small-scale growing, he decided he would enjoy life much more if he applied his talents to cannabis rather than software. He was right. Boris began large-scale flower production for the medical industry in 2009. Since then, he has partnered with dàmà to produce dried flower and a variety of concentrate products.
Chair: Jeremy Kaufman – The CPC
Jeremy Kaufman has been a Cannabis activists for over 15 years. He is one of the founders of The C.P.C. as well as a Co-owner of Absolute Oils. Over 5 years ago The CPC became Washington’s first licensed and recognized Medical Cannabis Research and Development Firm.
Jeremy is one of the founding members of the CCSE. He has devoted time to multiple pieces of legislation over the years including; The Seattle Cannabis Ordinance, SB 5073, and I-502. His work has been featured in articles and news excerpts from The Seattle Business Journal, The Seattle Times, Kiro, King, MSNBC, and many more.
Doreen Bomar is the Founder and CEO of Propel Strategies, a business management and consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington. She is also Co-Founder of Spotted Owl Organics, a premium producer and processor of recreational adult-use cannabis products. Prior to starting her own businesses, she helped Seattle-based Arterian, a technology consulting firm grow from three to 50 employees during her tenure as General Manager. She also worked as the General Manager of ActivSpace, a west-coast real estate development and management company during a time of exceptional growth. Her background and expertise also includes finance, non-profits and strategic business operations.
Secretary: Oscar Velasco-Schmitz – Dockside Coop
Bio coming soon.
Vice Secretary: Christopher Cody – Herban Legends
Chris Cody has been the owner/operator of Herban Legends INC since it’s formation in 2011. He helped form the CCSE in September 2011 and has served on its executive board since the first election in 2012. He is very active in the community, serving as a board member of the White Center Chamber of Commerce, helping to organize community events such as the Neighborhood Night Out and the White Center Block Party. He also serves as a Key Leader in the Coalition for Drug-Free Youth. He resides with his wife and infant son in Seattle.
Treasurer: Todd Arkley – Arkley Accounting
Todd Arkley, CPA, is the owner of Arkley Accounting Group, an accounting firm dedicated to helping small businesses and the cannabis industry grow and thrive. Prior to founding Arkley Accounting Group, Todd served as CFO/Firm Administrator at a 75-employee downtown Seattle law firm from 2009-2013, overseeing all financial and business operations.
Todd has deeply immersed himself in the cannabis industry’s specific financial issues (280e, banking, state/local taxes), while also integrating his extensive accounting and operational background developed over the past 14 years working in private industry. He is a member of the WSCPA and the AICPA and maintains extensive contacts with CPAs, accountants, and bookkeepers both within and outside the cannabis industry.
Todd’s previous forays into landscaping, farming, and Zen monkhood taught him patience and an attuned attention to detail. He often describes the accountant as a water wheel – one who efficiently shepherds resources to generate energy for growth.