CRAFT CANNABIS COALITION STAFF
Adán Espino Jr
Adán is a contract lobbyist and government affairs consultant based in the South Sound of Washington. He has extensive experience advocating for the little guy and social equity issues, beginning his advocacy work as a student at UW Tacoma.
Adán's work includes the creation of a program homeless housing program at UW Tacoma, combating racial disparities in homeownership, and the development of a youth civic education and leadership program, in which he also teaches at.
"The cannabis industry is one of the fast growing industries in the country. I look forward to working to ensure a business environment for our small, family owned businesses to not only survive, but thrive, and to ensure that equity is maintained for those communities ravaged by the failed war on drugs."
Sheley Anderson is an attorney, community leader, and human rights activist. She brings over 15 years experience in promoting and protecting individual rights, and fighting for social equity.
As a criminal defense attorney, Sheley has seen first hand the devastating impact the failed war on drugs has had on families and communities. She is eager to to partner with other leaders to drive policies that will empower impacted communities to rebuild.
"Building power from the roots up requires policy making that reflects the voices of those impacted. I enjoy bringing marginalized voices to the decision making table."
T.K. received a Bachelor of Sciences in Political Sciences from the University of Washington in 1985. He is a former employee for the U.S. Senate and State House of Representatives and has worked on statewide initiative campaigns and local races.
He is a past board member on the Washington Research Council, United for Washington’s CSC (Washington’s Business PAC) and the National Association of Convenience Stores’ Legislative Committee.
T.K. enjoys snow skiing, boating, gardening, and water skiing.
Samantha Craig is in an administrative role with the Craft Cannabis Coalition. She studied at Pacific Lutheran University before establishing her career in the cannabis industry four years ago. She has deepened her knowledge throughout that time by working in three retail establishments, including one of the highest grossing stores in the state.
"My personal and professional investment in the cannabis industry guarantees my dedication to the growth of our coalition, member businesses and industry."
Chris Gleason has worked in public relations and communications for more than 20 years. She works with organizations to identify communication goals and develop messages and tools that meet them.
Chris' background includes working in the nonprofit, government and corporate fields.
"I am thrilled to work with this coalition that brings together people with many different perspectives to meet a common goal: ensure small- and medium-sized cannabis businesses can continue to thrive in Washington state."
Kelsey is a newcomer to the cannabis industry, joining the Northwest Cannabis Solutions team in early 2020. She is appreciated for her proofreading skills, her quick learning and adaptability and her fresh insight into regulatory issues. Kelsey grew up off the grid in the mountains of Southwest Colorado before heading west to attend the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she earned her combined Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science in Agroecology & Geochemistry. Most recently, Kelsey managed her parents' farm in Colorado before returning to Washington for its temperate climate and economic opportunities. She looks forward to deepening her experience and expertise in this valuable industry.