Assistant Director Andrea Unsworth is a dedicated patient advocate and entrepreneur who came to the cannabis industry through her work as a former bond analyst for Moodys. After researching and publishing numerous pieces about the growing industry in California and nationwide, she started delivery-only dispensary StashTwist in 2014. For three years, StashTwist delivered medicinal cannabis to up to 1,500 patients across Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, and Walnut Creek. Andrea prioritized diversity and inclusion by employing local people of color and those from marginalized communities. While operating StashTwist, Andrea spent a great deal of her time in the local community developing relationships with Bay Area policymakers and aligning with organizations offering support to entrepreneurs in the industry. In 2015 she led the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow, a national for-profit entity whose mission is to catalyze for women to influence and succeed in cannabis. That year Andrea co-founded Supernova Women, an organization that champions the education and advancement of individuals and businesses owned by POCs in the cannabis industry. Supernova helps empower those most impacted by the War on Drugs in pursuing their entrepreneurial goals through workshops, clinics, and other resources.
Andrea founded Tulip & Oak in 2018 to focus on helping the cannabis industry. In addition to her role as CFO for Supernova Women, Andrea sits on the California Cannabis Delivery Association board. She has a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science and Sociology and an MBA with a focus on Company Finance from USC. A California native, she has lived in the Bay Area for 10 years.