Kiana Hughes is serious about applying her education, experience, and expertise to creating academic quality training courses and content. As the owner of Elevated Education, LLC, she uses over 16 years of curriculum development and 5+ years of cannabis education and advocacy experience to facilitate cannabis career education classes; write exhibits for cannabis licensing applications; develop curriculum for colleges and universities, and engage communities of color to educate them on the cannabis plant and industry.
As a founding board member and Education Director for Chicago NORML, she created and facilitated cannabis industry training for people from disproportionately impacted communities in and around Chicago. In her current role as Deputy Director, she advocates for social equity in the cannabis industry, drafting legislation and campaign proposals and lobbying at the state and federal levels. She is well-respected member of the cannabis community who is often sought after to design and facilitate outreach initiatives that empower women and people of color to enter the cannabis industry and learn about the cannabis plant.
Kiana holds a master’s degree in Communications and Training and is a graduate of Oaksterdam University’s cannabis business program.