Katie Stone completed her BS in Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis, graduating magna cum laude in 2015. Named a University of California Regents Scholar, she focused her Honor’s thesis on alternative development programs in global health. She is presently working on a Master’s Degree in Transformative Leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco where her research is focused on the historical and emergent role of entheogens in social evolution and public policy. She’s volunteered with MAPS, The Zendo Project, ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education), and The 920 Coalition, and plans to pursue a PhD within the developing field of entheogenic research.
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Katie was impacted by the Drug War early on. She engaged in social justice and advocacy work prior to seeking higher education. Her combined experiences in healthcare, criminal justice reform, public health, and food justice helped inspire her perspective that drug policy reform is the singular issue uniting the spectrum of social movements in our time. Knowing that sensible approaches to policy reform mean including the voice a planet in crisis, Katie brings a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective to the Board.
During her service, she will work to foster mentorship and research opportunities for SSDP members pursuing publication and graduate education. She has previously served on the Leadership Board of the UC Davis Chapter as an Event Coordinator and Director of Alumni Relations. She helped to organize medical cannabis advocates in Davis to successfully block City Council from implementing a total ban on all cannabis cultivation. Through this endeavor she co-founded a cannabis consulting firm that focuses on sustainable business models, environmental responsibility, and social justice. Katie is now working on projects with the California Cannabis Industry Association, and is also a research intern with the Drug Policy Alliance, working on a study that evaluates corporate responsibility in the cannabis industry.