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Ebele Ifedigbo    

Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of The Hood Incubator

The Hood Incubator sits on a front line of social justice and business: legal marijuana. They scour Oakland’s nascent industry for promising owners and great ideas. The team behind the Hood Incubator is incredibly young, and their good idea is likely on to something big: Oakland’s municipal government has called for a share of local marijuana dispensary licenses to go to entrepreneurs who once served time for pot.

Ebele leads the Hood Incubator’s business development and fundraising efforts. Ebele is a Yale M.B.A. graduate committed to using business to foster innovation and racial equity in cannabis. Ebele has served as an NAACP Economics Fellow, working to develop federal and state policies and programs aimed at closing the national Racial Wealth Divide. Ebele’s other professional experiences include working as a Finance Analyst at Ameriprise Financial, a Legal & Compliance summer analyst at Goldman Sachs, and an M.B.A. summer intern for worker cooperative development organization Project Equity. Ebele received a joint B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, with a minor in African Studies from Columbia University in New York City. Ebele grew up in Buffalo, NY, and is a proud graduate of Buffalo’s City Honors School.

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