AWH Appoints Danielle Drummond Vice President of Social Equity
Drummond has more than 15 years of experience in combatting racial bias and helping establish culturally responsive practices in the fields of education, criminal justice, and community development. Before joining AWH, she served as Deputy Chief of Community Engagement at the
One of Drummond's first tasks in her new role will be to work in partnership with AWH New York's recently appointed President,
"One of the main reasons I joined AWH was its dedication to addressing the damage inflicted on lower-income communities of color by the War on Drugs," said Brown. "
Drummond and Brown will quickly move to implement a number of key initiatives in
Expungement Clinics: AWH will seek to collaborate with nonprofits and legal organizations across the state to sponsor and coordinate expungement clinics in the greater Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Utica, and New York Cityregions to help realize a critical aspect of the state's Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).
- Incubation Nonprofit: In recognition that true social equity is, at its core, about business ownership, not simply employment opportunities, AWH will launch a nonprofit organization focused on incubating and supporting individuals who qualify as social equity applicants throughout the
New Yorkadult-use cannabis licensing process.
- New York-Specific Diversity Hiring Plan: AWH recognizes that workforce diversity is key to the integrity of its community commitment. Using its success in other states as a guide, AWH will create a
New York-specific plan to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of Black, Lantinx, and Asian individuals, as well as women, veterans, people with disabilities and of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
"Throughout my professional career, I have focused on working with communities in a manner that honors their knowledge, resources, and resilience and creating solutions that are designed to meet their specific needs," Drummond said. "I am excited to bring this experience to AWH and assist in fulfilling its social equity goals. This is a critical undertaking and one that we must get right. We cannot erase the considerable wrongs of cannabis prohibition, but we can – and we will – ensure that those who most deserve to benefit from its legalization are able to do so."
AWH is a vertically integrated operator with assets in
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