William Goss

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.