Our Team

Meet The Team

Lanese Martin

Co-Founder + Co-Executive Director

Gender pronouns: she/her 

Lanese spearheads the organization's political strategy, including base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy work. Lanese began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an M.B.A. in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her professional focus from consulting to political organizing, focusing on progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits & Black & Brown communities not only in Oakland but across California. Alternatively, her work as the Field Director for Nancy Skinner’s successful 2016 CA State Senate race led to strong relationships with elected leaders as well as their staff across the Bay Area. Lanese attained a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Business from Dominican University of California and later returned for a M.B.A.

In June 2017, Lanese was featured on the cover of DOPE Magazine and in November 2017, she was named to the 2017 Full Color 50 List.

Ebele Ifedigbo

Co-Founder + Co-Executive Director

Gender pronouns: they/them or Ebele

Ebele spearheads the organization’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.

In June 2017, Ebele was awarded the highly-competitive Echoing Green global social entrepreneurship fellowship on behalf of The Hood Incubator. In October 2017, Ebele was honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 2017's Most Daring Entrepreneurs, along with Jeff Bezos, Issa Rae, Elon Musk, and other global innovators. In November 2017, Ebele was named to the 2017 Full Color 50 List and the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

All donations to The Hood Incubator are 100% tax deductible via our fiscal sponsor, Social Good Fund     (Tax ID # 46-1323531)

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