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Saphira Galoob, Principal

An entrepreneur, strategist, business lawyer and legislative professional, Saphira brings more than two decades of building businesses from conception.  She has first-hand experience and success with balancing the intersection between the passion and priorities of start-up enterprises with regulations and business realities.  Always a creative and committed advocate for her clients, she is highly effective and intuitive at translating complex and sensitive concepts to targeted audiences.  In the Cannabis space, she has expertise in designing and executing strategies to assist Cannabis businesses to effectively navigate, participate and communicate within the Congressional and Federal Agency landscape.

Saphira holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College, a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law, and a Masters in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University School of Law.  She completed advanced academic work with Tufts University in Talloires, France and Boston University at the Université de Grenoble, in Grenoble, France.   During her early career, she worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bill Brewster.  Following her legal studies, she developed expertise in the US and Global Cable, Telecommunications and Satellite sectors and in Privacy law 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, France.  She then pivoted into Legislative Affairs with a focus on a Federal Appropriations portfolio for Salem & Saxon, a Florida law firm, where she headed the DC office.  She served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for Landmine Survivors’ Network, responsible for institutional, public and private sector donors including US and foreign governments, foundations and high net worth donors.  She is the Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, for Saffron Dance - one of the leading academies of classical Middle Eastern dance.  She completed her Bar admissions in Florida (Inactive) and the District of Columbia (Active).

 
 
 

Tami L. Wahl, Advisor

Tami Wahl brings 10 years as legal counsel in navigating the criminal justice system, and 10 years of legal, legislative and regulatory expertise in navigating the pathways to market for natural products. She has worked with entrepreneurs and well-established stakeholders in the textile, dietary supplement, compounding pharmacy, food, beverage, cosmetic and Cannabis industries.

 Tami has been working closely with the hemp and Cannabis industries in creating appropriate regulatory frameworks that balance consumer safety and demand with agency oversight and enforcement, and space for innovation and market access. She holds a broad understanding of working with federal lawmakers and regulators, and has previously been General Counsel, In-House Counsel, and outside legal, legislative and regulatory counsel for start-up ventures, and small-to-medium size companies. Tami is versed in working with key federal agencies including, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). She is frequently called on for her ability to thrive in cross-functional collaborations, risk assessments, strategic communication, brand positioning, and navigating crisis situations. 

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