Principal and CEO
Saphira Galoob is the Principal and CEO of The Liaison Group (TLG). The Liaison Group was the first –and remains the only –Washington, DC-based lobbying firm focused exclusively on the cannabis industry.She was the driving force for the creation and launch of the National Cannabis Roundtable.As the coalition’s Executive Director, she oversees the organization and leads federal policy initiatives for the country’s leading cannabis operators, including:Cresco, Trulieve, Pura Vida, Kiva Confections and others.Other clients include the Oregon Cannabis Association and the California Cannabis Industry Association, the most influential state-based cannabis trade association, which currently counts more than 500 businesses and 670 brands among its membership.
A keen strategist who prioritizes transparency and collaboration, Saphira works closely with the both the House and Senate Cannabis Caucus and Working Groups.She was recently selected by POLITICO as Who to Know on K Street for cannabis lobbyists and was named the 2020 Influencer of the Year by the Industry Power Women Awards.Saphira received her Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and a Masters in International and Comparative Law (L.L.M.) from Georgetown University School of Law. She regularly speaks on US cannabis policy at events in the US and internationally. She lives in the DC-area with her family.
Chief Operating Officer
Courtney Stamm serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Liaison Group (TLG) and the National Cannabis Roundtable.
A seasoned entrepreneur, fundraiser and organization management professional, Courtney joined TLG in March 2018 to navigate the transition to Greenspoon Marder LLP, manage corporate functions and to help scale the firm’s policy practice.
Having begun her career in the newsroom at ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel, Courtney went on to serve as Director of Special Projects for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights before transitioning to senior fundraising roles with organizations both domestic and international in scope, including the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation where she contributed to an 85% increase in annual revenue over the course of three years.
A native Midwesterner, Courtney received a BA in History with distinction from the University of Michigan. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife and family.
Director of Policy
David serves as the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the Liaison Group. Using a pragmatic and evidence based approach, David has influenced cannabis policy on the federal and state level.
Prior to joining The Liaison Group, David served as the Director of Government Affairs & Counsel for Americans for Safe Access, the nation’s largest nonprofit representing medical cannabis patients. In this role he authored several publications including 2019 State of the States Report: An Analysis of Medical Cannabis Access in the United States and acted as a policy resource for lawmakers around the country. David has also worked as a Legislative Fellow for a senior Democratic member of Congress on the House Ways & Means Committee, and as an attorney in private practice.
David received his Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wake Forest University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.
Government Relations Coordinator
Sydney Heise serves as Government Relations Coordinator for The Liaison Group, having previously served as an intern since 2019. Prior to her work with TLG, she interned for 4front Ventures as an operations intern in 2018.
Sydney received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Maryland in 2019. She focused upon American drug control in her studies, researching suburban attempts at stymieing youth drug use in the 1970s. She additionally served as president for the University’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Sydney resides in Baltimore with her family.
Beau Whitney, cannabis economics, operations and supply chain expert is the founder and Chief Economist at Whitney Economics, a global leader in cannabis and hemp business consulting and economic research.
Drawing upon his previous hi-tech experience, Beau has applied his supply chain expertise to the cannabis industry, where he has designed and implemented efficiencies into the cultivation, extraction, edible manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution operations of a vertically integrated cannabis operation, that eventually went public in 2015.
Serving an international clientele, Beau is considered one of the leading cannabis economists in the U.S. and globally. His applications of economic principles to create actionable operational and policy recommendations has been recognized by governments, and throughout the economic, investment and business communities.
His Whitney Economics and New Frontier Data white papers analyzing the adult-use, medical and industrial cannabis markets have been referenced in Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, the Associated Press, as well as in leading cannabis industry publications. Beau has provided policy recommendations at the state, national and international levels and is considered an authority on cannabis economics and the supply chain.