Meet the Founders

 
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Kamani Jefferson

Kamani Jefferson is co-founder and principal at North Star Liberty Group. With an extensive background in regulatory and municipal affairs as a cannabis lobbyist in Massachusetts, Kamani has shifted focus to multi-state public policies on complex issues in this emerging industry. Before North Star Liberty, Kamani served as the President of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC), where he successfully and collaboratively pushed for Cannabis Cooperatives, micro-businesses, standardized testing licenses, expungement, and the Cannabis Control Commission's social equity program. MRCC has been chosen to be one of the first technical-assistance vendors for Massachusetts’ statewide social equity program. Kamani prides himself as a municipal political strategist; wherein the Bay State, he has assisted local businesses with advocacy against bans, moratoriums and strict zoning by-laws. Kamani co-founded the Cannabis Cultural Association in NYC before working on the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol with Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in Boston.

 
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Tyler McFadden

Tyler McFadden is co-founder and principal at North Star Liberty Group, where she heads the federal affairs and campaign divisions. In addition to her work at North Star, Tyler serves as Northeast Political Associate and former Junior Associate of Government Affairs at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), where she spearheaded several federal and state-level efforts in direct lobbying and grassroots advocacy. She has also served as Pine Street Strategies' Director of Client Services and Senior Government Relations Associate, where she has been deeply immersed in the substance of her clients’ issues and has played key roles in campaign strategy, research, candidate messaging, and direct lobbying efforts. A native of St. Louis, Tyler has worked and volunteered on political campaigns at almost every level of government with a particular focus in electoral, legislative, and issue campaigns that address the remaining systemic inequalities for people of color and other historically oppressed groups. Tyler moved to Washington D.C. to attend George Washington University, where she earned her BA in American Studies and Sociology and where she will earn her master's degree in Political Management.