The Cannabis ConservancyTM
meet our management team
Co-Founder & Director of Science and Sustainability - Denver, CO, USA
Jacob has committed his career to learning about sustainable cultivation systems worldwide. He has worked on farms and research projects on six continents, specializing in permaculture, ecosystem management, eco-village design, and natural building. Jacob received a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies at Emory University and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management through the MESPOM consortium focusing on Urban Agriculture Sustainability and Environmental Justice. Prior to co-founding TCC, he founded Urban Environmental Innovations, which provided sustainability consulting for local food organizations, restaurants, and craft breweries. He is a member of the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group. Throughout his career, Jacob has strived to find innovative and pragmatic solutions to the world’s complex environmental problems and is now applying his knowledge and experience to address the environmental issues pertaining to the cannabis industry.
Co-Founder & Director of Operations - Nelson, BC, Canada
Growing up and living in Canada’s marijuana mecca, Nelson, British Columbia, Brittny has had a lifelong interest in the cultivation and legalization of marijuana. Her interest in corporate environmental practices was reinforced while working in Canada’s oil sands with a small contractor at Suncor, the first company to develop the oil sands, which inspired her to pursue an internship on Vandana Shiva’s seed saving farm in India and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy. Brittny has led teams in product development, service procurement (multi-million-dollar service contracts), sales, and communications. Her expertise includes policy development and implementation, environmental education and scientific research. Before coming on full time with TCC she was the Environmental Technologist for the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Her professional focus includes water conservation, resource recovery, and agriculture.
Co-Founder & Director of Content - Boston, MA, USA
Erin received an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management via the MESPOM consortium and a B.A. in Spanish from Smith College. She focused her graduate studies on environmental management effectiveness and the creation of quantitative assessment methods for open systems with a lack of baseline data.
Erin’s strengths include program management, training, and administration, which she uses to work on the issues she’s most passionate about: animals, oceans, gender parity and, of course Cannabis. Her disparate work experience – advocating for UN resolutions in Eastern Europe; managing international safety training programs for Halliburton and Schlumberger; and assessing threats to marine parks in the Caribbean – are tied together by her belief that stakeholder engagement is essential to the success of any endeavor.
Co-Founder & Director of Auditing and Certification - New Paltz, NY, USA
Brian, based in Upstate New York, comes from a long line of plant people and professionals in the agricultural arena. He brings 30 years of experience as a small commercial organic grower with an emphasis on sustainable practices and production of heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. He has worked as an Integrated Pest Management consultant, agricultural consultant, and farm certifier, working domestically and internationally with major international 3rd party certification bodies. Since 2007 he has audited hundreds of farms, greenhouses, packing houses, and processors to accredited 3rd party standards. As a consultant, he has worked with growers, processors and packing houses to develop Good Agricultural Practices and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point based food safety plans.