CWC, the Cannabis Workers Coalition, is pleased to announce that four new members are joining its board of directors. Bringing decades of regulated and legacy industry experience with backgrounds ranging from business and civil society, the new board members bring their skills and passion to advocate for fair and equitable labor practices in the cannabis industry.

The Cannabis Workers Coalition is a nonprofit community-based worker center that organizes low wage workers who are not already members of a collective bargaining organization or have been legally excluded from coverage by U.S. labor laws. We continuously strive to reduce barriers to access a predominantly white industry by providing expungement services, educating workers on their rights at work, and organizing campaigns for safer workplaces.

The new board members include (L to R):

  • Emma “Venus” Isichei
  • Lo Nunez
  • Kassia Graham
  • Sylvia Lee

“These four leaders will provide real-world leadership and guidance to our organization,” said Savina Monet, executive director of CWC. “CWC’s new board members will push our mission even further and bring fresh ideas on how we can change systems through collective action.”

The four new members join existing board members and co-founders of the Cannabis Workers Coalition Savina Monet and Jessica Ortiz.

Emma “Venus” Isichei understands worker’s struggles after starting her journey working as a Chief Human Resources Officer for a legacy operator in New York City. Adding to over a decade of work experience, she saw first hand the importance of proper employee training and leadership development in cannabis. She currently works with The Hood Incubator, where she empowers drug war survivors through building power, policy advocacy, and economic justice.

Lo Nunez is familiar with the realities of social inequities.  As a born and raised a Chicana from the Bay Area, Lo is deeply passionate about activism, wellness, and culture, and believes that cannabis is a beautiful platform to open up narratives on bigger social issues.

Kassia Graham is a cannabis advocate, consultant (R&D, social impact, branding, marketing, and more), digital strategist, and creative. Beyond cannabis Kassia is the cofounder of the Black X Film Festival which focuses on sharing the stories of Black filmmakers. They have dedicated their life and career to making space for those who are 2SLGBTQIA+, disabled, BIPOC, and of other marginalized intersections.

Sylvia Lee is a seasoned industry professional and currently owns and operates one of the few BIPOC-owned indoor cultivation facilities in Oregon, His & Her Grow.

With our new talented board, the Cannabis Workers Coalition will focus on raising awareness for the nonprofit and prioritizing worker health & safety in the cannabis industry.