Psymposia TeamBrian NormandCoFounder & Lead DesignerBrian Normand is CoFounder, lead designer, and webmaster of Psymposia. He’s a greenthumb, social entrepreneur & occasional trouble maker, focused on changing minds and creating spaces to teach people about plants and drugs. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Plant, Soil, Insect Science, & Sustainable Horticulture, Magna Cum Laude.Lex PelgerHostLex is the Host of Psymposia, and a drug writer. His current project, Anandamide, or: the Cannabinoid is a graphic novel about cannabis based on Moby Dick, that illustrates the endocannabinoid system, the racist War on Weed, and the benefits of cannabis for grandparents. He graduated from Boston University with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.Mike MargoliesExpansion DirectorMike is Expansion Director and all-around networker.Mike used to be a good model citizen until he went to the Amazon and dropped out of Corporate America.Mike has a BS from the University of Maryland in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude.Brett GreeneCoFounder and AdvisorBrett is a CoFounder of Psymposia and advisor. He’s always thinking of ways to spread the word about the positive benefits of psychedelics and ending the damage caused by the drug war. Brett graduated with a BA in English from University of Massachusetts Boston.Zoë BiehlSenior Editor | Psymposia MagazineZoë is a writer and editor at Psymposia. She is also a wandering anthropologist currently living in Tel Aviv working with a refugee rights organization. She holds a BA from Green Mountain College in Anthropology and Sociology.Jordan MayWriter | Psymposia MagazineJordan explores the intersections between drug policy, psychedelics, and radical community engagement.Rosalind StoneUK Writer | Psymposia MagazineRos was previously the Communications Officer at the Beckley Foundation and is focused on the relationship between policy and stigma. She studied English Language & Literature at Oxford University, and has an MS in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature from King’s College, London.Alex LekhtmanDrug Policy Writer | Psymposia MagazineAlex is a drug policy writer at Psymposia. He's also a musician based in NYC hoping to change the world through the power of both ledger lines and legislation.Drew FitzgeraldCopy Editor | Psymposia MagazineDrew is Copy Editor for Psymposia. He has an MS in Publishing from Portland State University.Daniel ShankinWeb GuruDan's dedicated to making your life in the digital world as smooth and effective as possible. darkroastdesign.comMatt PaynePodcast Audio EngineerMatt Payne produces audio for Psymposia. He also weird writes adventure novels and makes electronic music. His journalism degree is from St. Thomas University. Matt lives in Ottawa.Brian EdgarStories Editor | Psymposia MagazineBrian is committed to sitting on the beach watching the sun set. He has degrees in English from Rutgers, Brooklyn College, and a PhD from Stanford University.Leia FriedmanWriter | Psymposia MagazineLeia Friedman is a clinician, professor, and writer living in Lowell, MA. Her present focus in psychology involves the teachings of meditation, yoga, ecology, and the use of psychedelics to assist psychotherapy for clinical disorders. She is also involved in local social and climate justice activism, LGBTQIA+ concerns, and body positivity.Advisory NetworkDiane FornbacherDiane is the Editor in Chief of LadyBud Magazine and the host of the Ladybud Web Show.Mitchel GomezMitchell is the Executive Director of DanceSafe.Katherine MacLean, PhDKatherine is the Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, a former research scientist at Johns Hopkins University.Dorion SaganDorion is an award-winning author and editor of over thirty books translated into some thirteen languages. He's also the son of astronomer Carl Sagan, and evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis.Natalie Lyla GinsbergNatalie is the Policy and Advocacy Manager at MAPS.Dimitri MugianisDimitri is an anarchist and harm reduction educator in New York City.Albert Garcia, PhDAl is a Research Associate at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine psilocybin teamElishewa ShalomElishewa is a hemp activist and the creator of Artisan Hemp.Ismail AliIsmail is a Policy Fellow at MAPS.Henry FisherHenry is Policy Director and Editor at Volteface.Jag DaviesJag is the Director of Communications Strategy at Drug Policy Alliance.Jake AgliataJake is a Students for Sensible Drug Policy Outreach Coordinator.Neill FranklinNeill Franklin (Ret.) is the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership and a 34-year veteran of both the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department who oversaw 17 separate drug task forces.Stefanie JonesStefanie is the Director of Audience Development at Drug Policy Action.