Dale Sky Jones
President & CEO, Board of Directors
Dale Sky Jones has been focused on enhancing the debate for cannabis policy reform since 2007. Based in Oakland, Calif., she took over as president & CEO of Oaksterdam University in 2012 after a crippling federal raid, with the goal to ensure OU’s legacy of cannabis education. Now, Oaksterdam is proud of more than 50,000 alumni from more than 40 countries becoming the most engaged professional advocates and business leaders in the world. Quality training for the cannabis industry is Dale’s passion and the Oaksterdam mission. She believes education is the foundation in establishing the political and social climate that will encourage cannabis policy reform.
Dale created the blueprint for cannabis reform as the spokeswoman and legislative liaison for the first statewide legalization effort, the Prop 19 campaign in California. The effort ignited international debate in 2010. Over the next seven years, she served as Chairwoman of the Board for the diverse Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, whose efforts led to legalization in California. She was a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and currently serves as chair of NCIA’s Education Committee. She also serves on the Cannabis Advisory Board for Denver Community College.
Dale is focused on civil rights issues, ensuring social equity in the new cannabis economy. She believes national cannabis policy needs to address the inequities created by prohibition by protecting small businesses, which are vital to the success of the industry. Her time is often spent educating legislative and government entities; attending various research and policy conferences; speaking at local community meetings, and participating in debates to encourage descheduling marijuana.
Dale and her husband, veteran cannabis crusader Jeff Jones, stay busy keeping up with their young sons, Jackson and Jesse, and little daughter Quinn.