Far too often, the Latinx community is underrepresented in business leadership positions. There is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that the leadership of the cannabis industry, in its relative infancy, better reflects the demographics of its customers and patients. It is particularly critical to create leadership opportunities for the Latinx community given the unjust ways in which communities of color have been harmed by decades of criminalization. I am excited to join the board of the NHCC and bring my business experience as a corporate attorney to help support its important work.

Michael Aguirre currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at Trulieve Cannabis Corp. At Trulieve, Michael is a seasoned corporate lawyer and handles a wide variety of matters, including advising the company on corporate governance matters, corporate finance transactions, and general corporate advice. Michael also provides legal oversight for Trulieve’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) work and is one of the co-chairs for the company’s Latinx Employee Resource Group.

Prior to Michael’s time at Trulieve, he served as Assistant General Counsel at Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. until Trulieve’s acquisition of Harvest in 2021. Before joining Harvest, he was a partner in the Corporate and Securities department of the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig.

Michael is a lifelong Arizonan and avid Sun Devil, having received three degrees from Arizona State (J.D.; M.Ed., Higher and Post-Secondary Education; B.A., History) and playing football for the Sun Devils.  Michael is a member of the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, the Next Generation Council of the ASU Foundation board of directors, and sits on the board of directors of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Arizona State Sun Devil Club.