Aaron Aasim Goines

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Aaron Aasim Goines

Nomination from Grant Ellis

Aaron has an extensive pro-bono background in helping equity companies navigate the existing state and local level application process, which followed on his decade of experience on Wall Street as a derivatives trader/analyst. He also worked with a number of grassroots advocates to help create the Delivery Operator license type and the adult use equity priority period for all delivery licenses in the commonwealth in 2020/2021. I have seen first hand how Aaron has helped to change the market for the better in so many ways, with a specific focus on sustainable and equitable pathways to market access for communities that were harmed by the drug war, and I submit this nomination with my fullest confidence.

Nomination from Saskia VannJames

I believe Aaron Goines has a history advocating for more financial and lending education as part of the cannabis social equity program. Based on his advocacy history and experience I think he would make an amazing addition to this Board, specifically when nominating someone with a history of finance and commercial lending. Also please make sure to nominate people with a legacy background, such as Gary Perry. Gary is doing amazing work in the cannabis industry and connecting a lot of people that traditionally wouldnt be connected due to classism, discrimination against people with records (beyond just cannabis charges), anti-blackness, etc. He's worked as a cannabis employee and is a cannabis entrepreneur. He also has an extensive DEI advocacy history within the dispensary industry. Also if the shoe fits don't be ashamed to nominate yourselves!

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Primary Employer / Affiliation
Massachusetts Cannabis Association for Delivery
Relevant expertise, background & experience...
Economic development strategies for under-resourced communities, Minority business ownership, Minority business development, Finance or commercial lending, Business development or entrepreneurship, Social welfare or social justice, Cannabis industry, Marijuana retail
Appointed boards and agencies of interest
MA Cannabis Social Equity Advisory Board, MA Cannabis Advisory Board, MA Cannabis Control Commission
Appointing authorities of interest
MA Governor, MA Attorney General, MA Treasurer
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