Principal and CEO
Saphira Galoob is Principal and CEO of The Liaison Group, Washington, DC’s only lobbying firm focused exclusively on the cannabis industry. An entrepreneur, strategist, business lawyer and legislative professional with over two decades of experience, Saphira has first-hand understanding of the intersections among entrepreneurial passion, business priorities and regulatory realities. Within the cannabis space, she has developed – and successfully executed – campaigns to assist businesses in the navigation of the complicated – and rapidly evolving – congressional and federal agency landscape.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Galoob served on the staff of Congressman Bill Brewster (OK-3) and as an associate at the DC-based law firm Cole, Raywid & Braverman (now Davis, Wright, Tremaine). She also served as regulatory counsel for France Telecom’s International Law Department in Paris and managed a federal appropriations portfolio for Salem & Saxon. A native of Oklahoma, Ms. Galoob received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College, her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law and a Masters in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.
An entrepreneur and business owner, Courtney also brings more than 18 years as a fundraising, communications and program management professional to her role as Managing Director of The Liaison Group.
Having begun her career in the newsroom at Nightline with Ted Koppel, Courtney went on to serve as Director of Special Projects for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights (now Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights) and in leadership roles for organizations both national and international in scope, including Food & Friends, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Refugees International.
Courtney’s entrepreneurial ventures include Schroeder Kennedy Consulting, a nonprofit fundraising and program management firm established in 2012 and The Cheeky Puppy, a pet-centric retail venture created in 2014, both of which have provided firsthand experience managing the opportunities – as well as the many challenges – faced by the cannabis industry entrepreneurs in which The Liaison Group specializes.
A native Midwesterner, Courtney has a BA in History from the University of Michigan and lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.