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California Governor Appoints WeCann Co-Founder To OC Fair Board

by Ann Maria on September 24, 2021
California Governor Appoints WeCann Co-Founder To OC Fair Board

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom of California appointed WeCann co-founder Melahat Rafiei to the 32nd District Agricultural Association (Orange County Fair Board). This win comes close on the heels of her appointment earlier this year as Secretary at the California Democratic Party. 

Here’s what Melahat has to say about her successful appointment:

There is nothing more American than celebrating community at the County Fairgrounds. Growing up as an immigrant in this country I used to watch families on T.V. enjoy that experience. When I got to attend my first fair in college, it was an amazing experience. Now, I get to help create that experience for others. Thank you, Governor Gavin Newsom, for appointing me.

Melahat rafiei

Champion of Community

Melahat’s unstoppable diligence to contribute to her community stems from an upbringing navigating the trials and tribulations offered by the American dream. Considering this another feather in her hat and therefore adding it to her long list of accomplishments, she is an inspiration to us all. Melahat’s victory has left all of us here at WeCann beaming with pride and this is a deserved win for our dedicated and passionate co-founder.

As a two-term Democratic National Committee Member (DNC), former Executive Director of the Orange County Democratic Party, refugee, single mom, and small business owner, Melahat’s pursuit of political activism and advocacy is but a reflection of her passion for meaningful change at the community level. 

Exhibiting a leadership style of transparency and action, Melahat immediately took to the spirit of her role as the California Democratic Party Secretary with her first appearance – a stand with National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and their members in demanding justice for the workers, with an aim to build up from the grassroots level and deliver for citizens across every part of California.

Moving Ever Forward

Melahat’s proven success record across managing public outreach, awareness, fund-development and issue-based advocacy campaigns for nonprofits, candidates for public office, and business has led her to reject myopia and focus heavily on the big picture. 

Melahat’s expansive skills and work ethic have seen her win many awards, including recognition by the California State Assembly and the US House of Representatives, The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Award from the California Democratic Party for service to the Democratic Party, Orange County Young Democrats Mentor of the Year, and the Democratic Foundation of Orange County’s Howard Adler Award for Excellence in the Art and Science of Politics.

She has been Principal at Progressive Solutions Consulting since 2009 and, subsequently, a Co-Founder of WeCann since 2017. Melahat was Executive Director at the Democratic Party of Orange County from 2007 to 2009 and a Board Member at the Community Action Fund from 2007 to 2013. She is a delegate for the California Democratic Party and a member of the Democratic National Committee and the City of Anaheim’s Cultural and Heritage Commission. 

Your Turn

We would love to hear your feedback on Melahat’s appointment to the OC Fair Board. What are your expectations from your community leaders in your County? Have you had anyone champion the cannabis cause in your neighborhood? What are some of the problems you face as a cannabusiness owner?

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