William Goss

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William Goss joined the growing team of the largest organic mushroom farm on the continent, advancing their R&D team, and leading their water systems operations for almost 3 years. After working for a bay area biotech start-up producing mycelium leather, he joined the Decriminalize CA campaign full-time as the Mycology Director.

William supports local community mycology societies and the right to forage wild mushrooms, building partnerships with industry mycophiles, researches new technology and cutting edge science, and teaches cultivation workshops. 

William graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a degree in plant genetics, and a minor in mycology. As a student, he worked in plant pathology, entomology, and ecology labs. William researched soil, nematodes, and mycorrhizae at the Agriculture Sustainability Institute. After college, he moved to the Santa Cruz mountains to become a naturalist in outdoor education for 3 years where he shared his passion for mycology.

He has identified and foraged mushrooms for over 10 years, volunteers for Project Pollinate as the Director of Advocacy, and is developing new IPM strategies for Santa Cruz viticulturists.

Nicole Howell Neubert

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Nicole Howell Neubert is one of California’s most effective and respected cannabis business and regulatory attorneys. Her experience advising hundreds of successful cannabis operators through the corporate, transactional, and regulatory dynamics of California’s complex market illustrates her dexterity across legal and strategic arenas.

Nicole’s incisive, analytical approach provides her clients with the tools and confidence they need to navigate a rapidly changing legal and regulatory environment.

Nicole’s practice focuses on serving as outside general counsel to California’s cannabis operators, providing advice on corporate governance, financing, business transactional matters, entity formation and operation, and local and state permitting and regulatory compliance.  A trusted advisor and industry advocate, she is actively involved in local and state legislative and regulatory efforts, most recently serving as a member of California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Working Group.  Nicole serves as Chief Policy Advisor to the California Growers Association, on the Board of California NORML, and is involved in other industry-related organizations, including the National and California Cannabis Industry Associations, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, as well as the San Francisco and Marin County Bar Associations.

Nicole was recently named one of the top 75 “most important women in cannabis” by Cannabis Business Executive, has been named annually as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine since 2012, and recognized for several years running as an “Attorney to Watch” by Chambers and Partners USA.   Nicole regularly speaks and teaches on the topics of cannabis business and regulatory law, and is on the faculty at Oaksterdam University in Oakland.

Prior to founding Clark Neubert LLP, Nicole practiced law at the respected San Francisco firms Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP and Farella Braun + Martel LLP, where she distinguished herself in a range of complex matters including business litigation, parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory actions, and high stakes tort, trade secret, and employment litigation.

Dr. Michele Ross

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Research Director, Decriminalize California

Dr. Michele Ross has been active in psychedelic research and drug policy reform for over a decade. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience and an MBA, and has sat on the advisory board of companies in the tech, cannabis, mushrooms, and wellness industries.

 Dr. Ross believes in increasing access to psilocybin mushrooms, cannabis, and other natural substances to tool to heal trauma and help release emotional and physical pain. She is currently the Research Director at Decriminalize California and a co-founder at Decriminalize Denver. Dr. Ross is also the founder of Infused Health, an online platform for mental health education and health coaching. Fun fact: she was the first scientist to star on reality television, starring CBS’s Big Brother.