MILA K. MARSHALL
Mila is an environmental professional with nearly 15 years experience. As the Clean Water Advocate for the Sierra Club IL she works to mobilize and energize diverse networks across Illinois around clean water issues related to wastewater, agriculture and industry.
Besides working on water issues, she is the owner of Herb & Planning Associates, an environmental consulting firm based out of Chicago. Mila has worked across multiple sectors in the environmental realm and have published a few peer reviewed articles as well as op-ed pieces such as " Can ecosystem services be a solution to environmental justice" opens in new window and "Blacks Don't Care About Climate Change" opens in new window respectively along with cannabis articles such as Illinois’ Community College Cannabis Vocational Pilot Program Sets Stage for Students Eager to Enter Industry in Cannabis Business Times.
Currently she is an adjunct instructor and curriculum developer of cannabis at Olive-Harvey College and serves as an educational consultant to other programs. Her love for nature and interest in the intersection between the economy and the environment is what brought her to focus on cannabis. She currently is the host of two podcasts, To Be Blunt, with Mila and Boom as well as, True Cannabis. She serves on the Cannabis Certification Council as well as a number of other environmental and social boards in and around Chicago.
Mila is passionate about environmental equity and educational accessibility. She believes opportunities to create a healthy economy begins with intersectional cannabis equity literacy Her approach to addressing inequity begins with understanding the legacy of injustice that is inclusive of harmful and conflicting policies, predatory/exclusive banking, unjust real estate practices and undereducated allies and elected officials. She believes in order for cannabis to be equitable, the emerging generation of entrepreneurs and employees must be civically engaged.