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Boards of Directors

Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER)

Scott Durrah

 Scott Durrah joined the SAFER Board of Directors in 2008.

Scott, a former marine, is an award-winning chef and restaurateur who has opened multiple successful restaurants in California and Colorado. He is currently executive chef and owner of 8 Rivers Restaurant in Denver's LoDo district. 

Scott is also a chef and owner of Simply Pure, one of Colorado's most widely recognized medical marijuana infused product companies.  Along with his wife, Wanda James, he was named Best Medical Marijuana Advocate by Westword magazine in 2010, and he is frequently in the local and national media discussing Colorado's flourishing medical marijuana industry.  

Steve Fox

Steve FoxSteve Fox co-founded SAFER and joined its board of directors in 2005.

Steve served as SAFER's executive director from November 2005 to November 2006, and he has been a member of the SAFER Voter Education Fund Board of Directors since co-founding the SVEF in 2006. He is also coauthor of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Do We Drive People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009). 

Steve currently serves as director of state initiatives at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Previously, he served as director of government relations for MPP, during which time he successfully lobbied for the introduction of the first medical marijuana bills in the U.S. House and Senate. He also held positions in the U.S. Commerce Dept. and in Bill Clinton's infamous "War Room" during his 1992 presidential campaign. He  is currently a communications consultant in Washington, D.C.

Toni Fox

 Toni Fox joined SAFER's board of directors in 2010.

Toni is the owner and president of Denver's Discreet Dispensary (3-D), a prominent medical marijuana center in north Denver. She is also a  founding member of the Women's Marijuana Movement and an avid supporter of a wide range of marijuana policy reform organizations.   

 

Aaron Houston

Aaron HoustonAaron Houston co-founded SAFER and joined its board of directors in 2005.

Aaron currently serves as executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international grassroots network of students concerned about the impact of drugs and the Drug War on students and communities.  

Prior to joining SSDP, Aaron served as director of government relations at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as national field director. Aaron also served as the executive director and lobbyist for the state's largest membership-based non-profit advocacy organization, and he spent three years as a staff member in the Colorado State Senate.

Aaron is frequently in the news being interviewed or quoted on marijuana and marijuana policy, and he was featured in the Showtime original documentary "In Pot We Trust." 

Mason Tvert

Mason TvertMason Tvert co-founded SAFER and joined its board of directors in 2005.

Mason currently serves as the organization's executive director, as well as a member of the SAFER Voter Education Fund Board of Directors. He is also a coauthor of  Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Do We Drive People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, July 2009). 

Previously, Mason led Arizonans for Medical Marijuana, a grassroots campaign that advocated for federal medical marijuana legislation and educated the public about opposition among members of Arizona's congressional delegation. He has also worked in the Phoenix City Council Office, the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, the Virginia State Senate, and on a variety of local and federal candidate campaigns.

Mason is an alumni of the Center for Progressive Leadership's Colorado Political Fellowship. He currently serves as president of the Colorado Center for Progressive Leadership Alumni Board.  

See Mason's staff bio for more information. 


 

SAFER Voter Education Fund (SVEF)

Ann del Llano

Ann del LlanoAnn del Llano joined the SVEF Board of Directors in 2006.

Ann is a trial attorney and former lobbyist based in Austin, Texas, who currently operates her own law office dedicated to family law.  She is also the founder of Capitol City Solutions, a lobbying and campaign services firm focused on improving public policy in Texas. 

Previously, Ann worked with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas and the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, specializing in the Texas criminal justice system and the state budget. She has contributed to several successful efforts to pass state and local legislation and budget priorities, as well as a variety of educational campaigns.

Steve Fox      (see above)

Michael Rothman

Michael RothmanMike Rothman joined the SVEF Board of Directors in 2006.

Mike is a Maryland-based trial attorney whose practice focuses on criminal defense, commercial litigation, and intellectual property.

Prior to founding the Law Office of Michael S. Rothman, he spent several years as an attorney at a large law firm in Washington, DC, litigating cases in both state and federal court.

Mason Tvert    (see above)

Brian Vicente

Brian VincenteBrian Vicente joined the SVEF board in 2006.

Brian is an active criminal defense attorney in Colorado and serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, a non-profit organization advocating for a more sensible and effective approach to marijuana and other drug policies in the state. He is also a principle at Vicente Consulting, a full service medical marijuana law firm dedicated to helping cannabis-related business owners navigate Colorado's medical marijuana laws.

Brian currently serves as chairman of the Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper, and he coordinates the Colorado Bar Association's Drug Policy Project. He is also a member of the medical marijuana review board at the Colorado Department of Revenue. 




 

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