Join us for an informational panel about the cannabis legalization referendum on the November ballot.
Aissa Heath, PDNJ Statewide Director of Education and Training will be in conversation with Axel Owen of the NJ CAN 2020 Coalition, Jessica Gonzalez, Esq. of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, and Imani Oakley, Esq. North Jersey Director of PDNJ.
Jessica Gonzalez, Esq.
Jessica currently serves as a Cannabis and Intellectual Property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross, as well as outside General Counsel for the national organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana and sits on the state and federal Policy Committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association. Prior to joining Bressler, Jessica was the co-founding partner at MGA Law PC, a boutique business law firm with a special focus on cannabis. As a cannabis attorney, Jessica Gonzalez assists cannabis clients navigate the legal cannabis and hemp industry in the tristate area. Jessica also counsels corporate and individual clients on intellectual property procurement, prosecution, protection and enforcement for domestic and international trademarks. As a cannabis advocate, Jessica has presented on both the municipal and state level on topics such as social justice/social equity, IP protection, cannabis legislation, state and federal banking and state cannabis licensing.
Previously of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee, Axel Owen is the Campaign Manager for NJ CAN 2020 – a grassroots movement to pass the Cannabis referendum in November.
Imani Oakley, Esq.
Imani is currently the Dean of Movement Building at Movement School Campus as well as the North Jersey Director for Progressive Democrats of New Jersey and Delegate for Essex County. Previously, Imani was the Legislative Director & Regional Organizer for New Jersey Working Families. Imani also served as a Board Member for Repair Now (formerly the Rights Restoration Project) a budding nonprofit concerned with helping previously justice involved citizens understand and regain their voting and expungement rights. Imani is an alum of New Leaders Council-New Jersey and is currently fulfilling the role of NLC-NJ Institute Co-Chair where she is responsible for constructing and facilitating a six-month curriculum for New Jersey’s emerging leaders.
Aissa Catherine Heath
Statewide Director of Education and Training, PDNJ
Aissa is currently a junior data analyst in the K-12 education department of a major social policy think tank working with education research and evaluation data. She is also the co-founder and current co-lead of Women of Color in Tech, which is a corporate-level professional development program, targeting the development of women of color, in technical roles through facilitated discussions and technical training. Aissa is passionate about data-driven analysis of educational programs and creating effective training in political spaces. Aissa recently ran for the office of Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in the 2020 primaries. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University – Newark in Economics, with a minor in Physics.