Keith Abraham is a UK combat veteran and CEO of Heroic Hearts Project UK, a charity aimed at helping UK military and emergency services veterans gain access to psychedelic therapy.
David Nichols graduated from the University of Iowa with a PhD in medicinal chemistry, he then was a postdoctoral fellow in the Pharmacology Dept at Iowa, followed by researching and teaching Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University for almost 38 years. With government permission, he synthesized high purity MDMA, DMT, and psilocybin for clinical studies. He has written over 300 scientific publications on psychedelics, dopamine agonists, and more. In 1993 he founded the Heffter Research Institute, which has supported and funded clinical research with psilocybin and led the psychedelic renaissance. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Graham Boyd is the co-founder and Executive Director of Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative, a philanthropic group dedicated to funding psychedelic medicine and science. He founded New Approach PAC, specializing in political efforts to reform drug laws, and is the Polital Director for Dr. Bronner's.
Del Jolly is a co-founder of Unlimited Sciences, a psychedelic research non-profit combining the power of data and lived experiences to serve the community, educate the public, and inform common-sense policies and practices. Their first prospective observational study on psilocybin use in natural settings aims to collect insight on the way folks are using psilocybin in "the Wild". The information gathered has the potential to inform where researchers should focus their time and resources on clinical studies.
Dustin Robinson is the Founding of Mr. Psychedelic Law - a not-for-profit focused on using medical and spiritual research to drive responsible legal reform in Florida of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics. Mr. Psychedelic Law has a Medical Advisory Board consisting of the top doctors in Florida; and a Spiritual Advisory Board consisting of the top spiritual leaders in Florida. Through the Medical Advisory Board and the Spiritual Advisory Board, Dustin and his legal team have started lobbying throughout Florida for legal reform of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics.
Aaron Genuth is a consumer advocate, consultant, and journalist operating in the cannabis and psychedelic spaces for over two decades. He has written and produced content for publications including High Times and Civilized, and worked as editor and writer for NUGL Magazine. He currently writes on psychedelic culture for Lucid News Aaron co-founded and formerly served as Director of Outreach for Decriminalize Nature NYC, is the founder of Darkhei Rephua (Paths of Healing), a religious entheogenic nonprofit, and an Outreach Coordinator for the Sweetleaf Collective’s Cannabis Compassion program. He is a fan of LSD, decentralization, and the New York Mets.
Wyly is a United States Marine and the leading voice supporting guided psychedelic group therapy for veterans. As Founding Director of Veterans of War, Wyly is deeply committed to changing the mental health paradigm regarding trauma, plant medicine, and veteran suicide. Wyly has survived a broken family, foster care, two deployments in support of the War on Terror, and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Through his work with Veterans of War, he experienced firsthand the strength of guided psychedelic therapy in battles against treatment-resistant trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTS. Thanks to plant medicines, Wyly overcame suicidal thoughts and ideations, found sleep again, and cemented his purpose to bring safe and effective tools for recovery out of the shadows to serve those suffering from the treatment-resistant after-effects of war.
Danielle Negrin is the Executive Director of San Francisco Psychedelic Society, founder of Psychedelic Recovery and was on the founding team of Decriminalize Nature Oakland. Danielle specializes in building conscious community, providing psychedelic education, addiction recovery services and integration. Danielle believes in entheogens as a catalyst for change, sacred intentional practice and the potential to making a better world possible; for ourselves, our communities and our earth.
Madalyn is a lawyer and activist, drug policy reformer, and harm reductionist. She currently serves as Chief Legal & Financial Officer for DanceSafe, a 501(c)(3) public health organization that promotes health and safety in the electronic music and nightlife communities. In her role at DanceSafe, she advocates for the safer consumption of drugs by providing resources and peer education on outreach at music festivals and nightlife events, in addition to various organizational, program-related, and operational duties. Madalyn’s involvement in drug policy and harm reduction began in 2012 as Director of her law school’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, where she hosted various educational events related to harm reduction, cannabis law, and the impacts of the War on Drugs. Madalyn has extensive knowledge in the legal aspects of both nonprofit operations and drug policy, and has 6 years of experience sitting on the board of a startup nonprofit. She believes that drug policy should be rooted in science, compassion, and public health, and is dedicated to helping dismantle the War on Drugs.
Dick Simon is an entrepreneur, social enterprise philanthropist and catalyst for change. He co-founded the Peace Action Network (PAN) of YPO, a network of over 29,000 international CEOs. PAN addresses conflict resolution on local and global levels. He launched the kNOw THEM Initiative to raise awareness about the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language, THEM. Currently, he is involved with organizations pursuing FDA and European Medical Association clinical trials for mental health (PTSD, depression) treatments using psychedelic medicines. He is working to shift public perspective and reduce stigmatization related to the use of these medicines and is also working with researchers studying psychedelic treatments for a wide range of indications as well as their possible use in conflict resolution.
Sean McAllister is one of nation’s leading drug policy reform lawyers. In 2004, after working for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for several years, Sean opened a solo law practice focused on criminal defense and represented hundreds of people charged with state and federal drug crimes. That same year, he founded the drug policy reform non-profit Sensible Colorado. Sean served as the chair of the Board of Directors of Sensible Colorado while the organization co-chaired the Colorado recreational marijuana legalization campaign that voters passed in 2012. Sean has also worked on broader drug policy reform issues as a member of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Today, Sean’s law firm, McAllister Garfield, P.C., has 15 lawyers in four states working primarily on cannabis business law and licensing matters. As part of his work, Sean’s firm has sued regulators numerous times under the administrative procedures act, petitioned the DEA to reconsider a harmful CBD rule, and represented Native America Tribes attempting to participate in the cannabis and hemp industries. In addition to cannabis, Sean is the General Counsel to the Decriminalize Denver campaign and an appointed member of the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel, which is the first ballot initiative in the U.S. designed to remove criminal penalties for the possession of psilocybin. Sean also acted as a legal advisor to the Decriminalize California campaign, which is seeking to decriminalize and regulate psilocybin mushrooms by ballot initiative in California in 2020. Sean is a member of Chacruna’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants and Chacruna’s co-General Counsel.
Eesmyal is an entrepreneur and investor with a mission to invent solutions to wicked problems through technology and social innovation. He has cofounded 8 ventures in a variety of areas including: green building, coworking, locative media, civic engagement, education, and research. Some of these include Vancouver’s premier social impact coworking space The HiVE, a B-Corp certified consulting company (Recollective) that facilitates the design and construction of some of the greenest buildings in Canada, and a healthtech startup (Quantified Citizen), that’s working to disrupt and democratize health research starting with psychedelic medicine. Eesmyal is committed to psychedelic science and serves on the board of directors of MAPS Canada.
Genesee Herzberg, PsyD is a licensed psychologist practicing in Berkeley, CA. She is co-founder of Sage Integrative Health, a holistic health and psychedelic therapy clinic in Berkeley, CA and Sage Institute, a nonprofit sliding scale psychedelic clinic and training center in Oakland, CA. Dr. Herzberg is also a co-therapist for MAPS’ MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD research. She is passionate about increasing the accessibility of psychedelic medicine and supporting the field in moving towards greater inclusivity of diverse and traditionally marginalized voices.
Jason Butler, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice in Oakland CA offering depth psychotherapy and ketamine assisted therapy, as well as associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a co-founder and training director at Sage Institute. He has written several articles and book chapters focused on the intersection of depth psychology and social justice as well as a book entitled Archetypal Psychotherapy: The Clinical Legacy of James Hillman. He has volunteered with the Zendo Project at Burning Man and is a therapist with MAPS expanded access MDMA for treatment resistant PTSD study. He is deeply committed to broadening diversity, accessibility, and theoretical rigor in the field of psychedelic medicine.
Daniel ‘Sitaram Das’ Shankin is the founder of Mt. Tam Psychedelic Integration, which supports individuals who are exploring their consciousness for spiritual growth and transformational healing. A yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years, Daniel has dedicated his life to the cultivation of clarity, resilience, and heart. He uses tools from a wide variety of traditions to help his clients to develop powerful personal practices for psychedelic preparation and integration.
Kaitlin Koga is the Chief of Staff of the Bail Project where she coordinates the strategic, human capital and scaling priorities of the organization.Kaitlin brings a decade of experience working on social justice issues, including over seven years of direct service work with low-income youth and incarcerated individuals, as well as managing over a dozen impact-focused consulting projects with nonprofits and government organizations in the US and abroad. Prior to TBP, Kaitlin led strategy at a prison education non-profit, served as a college counselor in Boston Public Schools, developed criminal justice reform policy at the White House and worked as an associate consultant at a non-profit human capital management firm. Kaitlin has a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.