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Leadership Team

Charlotte Hanna

Founder

Charlotte Hanna brings nearly 30 years experience in multi-national corporations, real estate and philanthropy. Since 2012, Charlotte has invested in undervalued real estate and development projects earning 5-8% CAP. Previously, over 11 years at Goldman Sachs, Charlotte held various positions within the firm’s training and organizational development group helping to build the workforce and structures the company needed as it evolved and grew. While at Goldman, she developed the Goldman Sachs University brand, built a global team which designed and executed various corporate-wide training curricula, and managed headcount and budgets exceeding $20M.

 

Charlotte began her career building a sustainable urban farming initiative in San Francisco. Together with other hunger relief advocates, she developed a series of urban farms that trained homeless people to tend vegetable gardens on vacant land sites and sell the produce to high-end restaurants. She collaborated on similarly innovative economic development programs around the country as a grantee of notable organizations like The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She earned degrees from American University and New York University where she was an Annie Casey Foundation Research Fellow. 

Natanja Craig

Lead Massachusetts Advisor

Natanja Craig, a lifelong Massachusetts  resident, brings to CGP 20 years experience working with leaders in Boston to help empower communities. 

 

Natanja Craig is a Senior Director at one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation. Natanja joined the organization in 2008 and utilized her grit, passion and personal life experience to help define a unique strategy for the foundation - a special fund that supports a wide range of efforts that bring people together, deliver “return on community” through engagement, and encourage social responsibility.  Natanja’s approach goes far beyond traditional philanthropy. It’s about being embedded in neighborhoods, seeking out unlikely leaders and unsung heroes making positive change in their communities. Like Natanja, they are the experts and social entrepreneurs who know first-hand the realities and struggles of their community, and are part of the solution. Natanja provides strategic and fundraising guidance, develops leaders’ skills and networks, and connects leaders across geography and sectors. At the core of Natanja’s work is the concept "do nothing about me without me.” Natanja has held positions with Fidelity Investments, The Partnership, Inc., and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.  

Our Advisors

Max

Max will be leading all aspects of CGP’s brand development and execution from strategy to packaging to interiors. In 2011, Max established a boutique branding and design agency which executes global campaigns for luxury brands including Hermes, Philips, Cartier, The Financial Times, Shanghai Tang, Mandarin Oriental and many notable hospitality brands. He is an expert at brand strategy, identity and all forms of design from digital to interiors. The stories he produces have a vibrancy and exoticism and encourage the consumer to participate. He started his career leading design teams in New York, Miami, Shanghai and Hong Kong for global agencies including TBWA, Ogilvy & Mather and DDB. Max's deep understanding of the design process started at the prestigious Christian de Portzamparc atelier of architecture in Paris. 

Peter

Peter is helping write and craft CGP’s business plan, PR and communications strategy. Before forming his own corporate communication firm in 2012, Peter ran the PR, Communications, and Public Affairs organizations for several global enterprises such as Pfizer and GE reporting direction to both company’s CEOs. In these roles, he served as global spokesperson, led messaging and communications strategies, created and executing winning global campaigns – including PR Week’s Corporate Branding Campaign of the Year and PR News’s Speech of the Year. Peter started his career as a journalist based in Munich, Germany, covering science and technology policy and was later an appointee of President Bill Clinton, serving as senior speechwriter to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, who awarded him the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Performance. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Colby College.

Kevin

Kevin is CGP’s lead representative with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and the City of Boston.  Kevin served as Deputy Attorney General for the state of Massachusetts and is now a partner in Boston-based Foley Hoag’s Administrative Law Department. He co-chairs the firm’s Energy and Cleantech, State Attorney General and Marijuana groups. Conroy has considerable experience guiding clients through every aspect of the regulatory process, including consumer protection investigations, hospital closures, rate proceedings, and marijuana and gaming licensing. He has advised many large companies in matters before the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Public Utilities, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Telecommunications and Cable.

Jesse

Jesse is crafting the political messaging strategy for CGP in the communities where we seek licensure. Jesse served two terms in the White House under President Barack Obama serving as a speechwriter and Associate Director for Public Engagement, leading President Obama's entertainment, celebrity and minority faith engagement portfolios. Jesse also served as communications director for human services at the US Department of Health and Human Services, a field and political director in Presidential battleground states, and currently serves on the leadership team for the Pop Culture Collaborative and the Board of Directors for Rock the Vote. He is a political contributor on MSNBC and in the Huffington Post.  

Eve

Eve is helping to advance CGP’s business model as a national model. Eve is a national policy leader and advocate and represents numerous cities across the country on the national level, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Philadelphia. She also created and leads several national advocacy campaigns including Mayors and CEOs for US Housing Investment which recently with Kaiser Permanente’s CEO announced the company’s $200M Community Investment Fund in affordable housing, Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, and the first Government for Responsible US Cannabis Policy coalition. Eve serves on the boards of The Representation Project; City Innovate Foundation; and has served on the . She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Brian

Brian is advising on CGP’s financial modeling, financing efforts and placement of CFO role on the team. Brian brings twenty years experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and business development with several leading investment banks including Lazard Fréres, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Thomas Weisel Partners. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School, where he was awarded both the Goldman Sachs and the Wein Fellowships.