As a global team of passionate change-makers, the Global Psychedelic Society (GPS) supports psychedelic societies across the world helping advocate for the responsible use of psychedelic substances for personal and collective growth, healing, and spiritual exploration.

To support our mission, we collaborate with allies in social, political, and scientific institutions, and work towards changing existing laws and policies to promote research and safe access to psychedelic substances.

Through the power of community, we seek to shift the cultural dialogue surrounding psychedelics towards more compassionate and productive narratives.

CORE TEAM

Jessica ‘Jaz’ Cadoch

Community and Coordination

Jessica ‘Jaz’ Cadoch is a cultural and medical anthropologist bridging the grassroots and for-profit sectors of the psychedelic movement. Co-founder of ALKEMI, a consulting firm for psychedelic ethics and accountability, Jaz has contributed substantially to the development of Colorado’s Natural Medicine Health Act.

Mike Margolies

Vision

Mike Margolies has worked full-time in the psychedelic community since 2015, contributing as an event and media producer, connector, and advisor. He is the Founder of Psychedelic Seminars (interviewing Michael Pollan, Dr. James Fadiman and Ayelet Waldman), Co-Founder of CryptoPsychedelic, and former Co-Director of Psymposia. He has sparked and mentored numerous Psychedelic Societies around the world.

Mareesa Stertz

Strategy and Communications

Mareesa Stertz is a filmmaker, storyteller, community organizer, and kundalini yoga teacher. She is a cofounder of Lucid News and the producer and host of the documentary series, The Healing Powers (of Psychedelics and Other Mindful Practices), and Damanhur, both currently streaming on Gaia TV.

Matt Gillespie

Development And Design

Matt Gillespie is a designer turned impact entrepreneur who moved to SF in 2018 to join the psychedelic renaissance. He has since helped to launch the Center for MINDS, a non-profit exploring the intersection of psychedelics and mindfulness practices for creative problem solving and innovation.

Tessa Vita Levine

CO-Events LEAD

Tessa Vita Levine is a facilitator and organizer within the psychedelic ecosystem. She is a licensed therapist in California. In her therapy practice and beyond, she enjoys helping individuals, groups, and systems come into awe of themselves and what is possible when we come together. Tessa spent ten years as a political strategist and organizer prior to becoming a mental health clinician, which informs the commitment to justice and systemic healing woven into all that she does.

Pamela Jackson

CO-Events lead

Pammy Jackson is the founder and executive director of The Psychedelic Sisterhood, a community of womxn dedicated to holding sacred space for healing, growth, and empowerment through psychedelics. Pammy develops social gatherings, wellness events, and programs geared toward supporting the self-development of womxn-identifying and non-binary persons.

Parham Farsi

Cultural & Spiritual Advisor

Parham Farsi is a spiritual teacher, Minister with the Congregation for Sacred Practices, and an entrepreneur with a passion for mindfulness. With leadership and tech expertise from founding three software companies, he also co-founded RavanNama the Farsi Psychedelic Society. As an Iranian  Zoroastrian immigrant, Parham brings a diverse perspective on technology, spirituality, and the psychedelic renaissance.

Gina Vensel

Fundraising & Events

Gina Vensel is a marketing and media professional, events producer, and activist. She is the Co-Founder of Plant Media Project, Director of Sales & Partnerships for Horizons, Co-Founder of TRiPS (Three Rivers Psychedelic Society), and on the national board of directors for the Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Linden Schaffer

Community Builder

Linden Schaffer is an award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author, and consultant specializing in the wellness and psychedelic industries. As the Founder of Reveal, a global community for womxn, and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Psychedelic Community, Linden is passionately dedicated to cultivating safe, supportive, and informed environments. Her focus on ethics and harm reduction underscores her commitment to fostering responsible and transformative experiences.

Steve DeAngelo

elder Perspective Coordinator

Steve DeAngelo is a globally recognized cannabis leader who was dubbed “The Father of the Legal Cannabis Industry.” A lifelong activist, author, educator, investor, and entrepreneur, he has spent almost five decades on the front lines of the cannabis reform movement. His notable achievements include co-founding Harborside, Steep Hill Laboratory, Arcview Group, and the Last Prisoner Project. With cannabis now legalized in most of the United States, Steve has begun to turn his attention and energy towards the psychedelic revolution.

ADVISORS

Rick Doblin

Founder - MAPS

Annie Oak

Founder - Lucid News, Take Three

Dr. Bennet Zelner

Professor of business + Public policy University of Maryland

Dr. Kwasi Adusei

Research Affiliate Harvard Law School

Natalie Ginsberg

GLOBAL IMPACT OFFICER - MAPS, JEWISH PSYCHEDELIC SUMMIT​

Persepsion

Community Developer & Creative Catalyst

Rudy Maldonado

Volunteer Engagement - MAPS

Michael Williams

Limina Foundation

Eva Césarová

Czech Psychedelic Society, Psychedelic Research Foundation

Anya Oleksiuk

Director of PsyAware Former Co-director of the Psychedelic Society UK

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