THC Staffing Group was started by two best friends and seasoned activists dedicated to smart drug policy and the development of a diverse, robust and legal marijuana industry.
Shaleen Title and Danielle Schumacher have come together in this venture to help America’s fast growing marijuana industry find qualified candidates that are not only a perfect match professionally and personally but also represent a wide and diverse cross-section of America’s population.
Shaleen and Danielle first met as roommates at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Though they chose very different paths in college – Shaleen graduating in business law and Danielle in cultural anthropology – they discovered a shared passion for ending the drug war and legalizing marijuana, co-founding the University of Illinois chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Today, they hold a combined 25 years of experience as activists, consultants, and recruiters for the legal marijuana movement and industry.
Shaleen Title has over ten years of experience helping people to start new careers in marijuana policy and business. As the Speakers Bureau Director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Shaleen recruited high-profile judges, law enforcement officers, DEA agents and prosecutors to speak out in favor of legalization. She placed an emphasis on diversity, more than doubling the number of women representatives during her time at LEAP.
Shaleen has won several awards for her advocacy work and her efforts to bring more women and people of color into drug policy reform, including the Hunter S. Thompson Young Attorney Award and the High Times Freedom Fighter Award. She helped create and fund the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Diversity Scholarship, which seeks to widen the perspectives and backgrounds of people joining the drug policy movement. She has served on the board of national organizations including Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the National Lawyers Guild, and she currently serves as board member for Marijuana Majority, Family Law & Cannabis Alliance, and the Minority Cannabis Business Association.
As an attorney specializing in marijuana regulations, she has provided regulatory expertise for leading marijuana consulting firms including 4Front Advisors and Vicente Sederberg. In 2012, she helped make history by serving as a senior staffer for Amendment 64, Colorado’s historic initiative that made Colorado the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana. She led the creation of professional coalitions, including academic endorsements from hundreds of university professors, and recruited teams of volunteers to represent the campaign throughout the state.
Shaleen has been quoted in publications including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, NPR, Al Jazeera, and Denver Post and has written columns for Huffington Post, Ladybud, and The Influence. She holds a business degree, law degree, and graduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and was previously a part of the multistate tax group at Deloitte Tax. She lives in Boston.
Danielle Schumacher is a seasoned activist with experience running marijuana businesses across the country. As the first chancellor of Oaksterdam University, Danielle worked with Richard Lee to establish America’s first cannabis college. She developed the curriculum and recruited, trained, and supervised instructors. She also coordinated extensive major media coverage; as spokesperson, she was quoted by many media outlets including Fox News and CNBC. Her favorite part of the experience was advising graduates and helping people to start new careers they love.
Originally from the Chicago area, Danielle was recruited by the Berkeley Patients Group in 2005 to head the Cannabis Action Network (CAN), a national coalition to fight for the right of adults to access and responsibly use cannabis. Danielle has served as office manager for internationally-respected authority on cannabis Chris Conrad and activist author Mikki Norris, and she currently serves as office manager for nationally noted physician Frank Lucido MD and nurse practitioner, Maria Mangini PhD FNP.
As an event planner, Danielle has planned dozens of well-known events including Ed Rosenthal’s Second Wonders of Cannabis Festival in Golden Gate Park and Dr. Frank Lucido and Maria Mangini’s annual Open House and Garden Party in Berkeley. She has also facilitated countless meetings and workshops, including legal workshops for Americans for Safe Access since 2006.
Before being recruited to California, Danielle was Executive Director of Illinois NORML and held the Youth Seat on the National NORML Board of Directors. She was named Freedom Fighter by High Times Magazine at age 22. Danielle co-founded University of Illinois chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2001. She earned a degree in anthropology in 2004, graduating with highest distinction and earning the Patricia O’Brien Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis.
Tiffany helps cannabis businesses find diverse talent as a recruiter for THC Staffing Group. She works with a variety of companies and candidates from across the country. A former associate director of employer relations at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has 20 years of experience in recruiting, marketing and operations. Tiffany is a volunteer with Women Grow Boston, a networking organization for women in the cannabis industry. She holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Simmons School of Management. She is based in the Boston area.
Jesse is passionate about reducing the harms of incarceration. Previously, Jesse advocated for criminal justice reform as Policy Director of the nonprofit Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. A graduate of Brown University and UC Hastings College of the Law, he helped start the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters at both schools. He has received awards including the Daily Journal CLAY Award (2016), SF Human Rights Commission HERO Award for Organizations Advancing Civil Rights (2014), SF Board of Supervisors Certificate of Honor (2014), the NORML Student Activist Award (2010), and the High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month Award (2007). Jesse practices business law with Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, and is based in San Francisco.
KT is a recent Biology graduate whose primary interests lie in the sciences, social and drug policy reform, art of all kinds, youth political involvement, and LGBTQIA* communities’ issues. KT has volunteered throughout their five year undergraduate experience as an officer, then co-president of Eckerd College Queer-Straight Alliance. This group played an extensive role in recent, progressive housing and administrative policy changes at the college. Additionally, KT has volunteered their time maintaining the on-campus presence of the EC Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter first as president of the chapter, then as a supportive role to the current student leaders in the following years.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
With our long-standing, excellent reputations in the marijuana industry and movement, we offer a unique and necessary service to employers. Through our access to a deep pool of qualified and highly diverse candidates, we maintain a professional commitment to the continued successful growth of the American marijuana industry.
While there are thousands of general, cross-industry recruitment companies, THC Staffing Group focuses solely on the marijuana industry, including dispensaries, cultivation centers, ancillary businesses or nonprofit organizations focused on drug policy.
During their 10+ years working in this field, we have both mentored numerous people and helped match them with companies that were looking to hire. As the marijuana industry has matured, we have witnessed the growing need for this type of service.
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