Shoshanna’s background in cannabis began on the advocacy and civil liberties side, lobbying for groups such as the ACLU and providing research and analysis for the state on issues such as arrests in schools and prisoner re-entry. She has sat on the boards of reproductive justice organizations, on a Juvenile Review Board employing a Balanced and Restorative Approach to Justice, and on legislative bodies such as sentencing task forces and oversight committees charged with implementing criminal justice reform measures. Shoshanna’s direct service experience draws on years spent providing home hospice care and teaching yoga and self-care to at-risk youth and professionals in the human services fields.
Shoshanna holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, a Master of Arts in Holistic Thinking, and a Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law, where under a Leadership Fellowship she edited a multimedia Journal of Leadership and the Law. In addition to overseeing communications for Elon’s National Lawyers Guild chapter and founding a statewide coalition of law school affiliates for the NLG, Shoshanna facilitated dialogues in the City of Greensboro, North Carolina as part of a community movement to implement the recommendations of the city’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (a model born in South Africa, the goals of which were to facilitate healing and reconciliation of a community devastated by racial violence, hate crimes and terrorism as late as 1979).