Director Bios

Pete Kadens

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Pete Kadens , Director

Pete has served as a Director of the Board since 2016. Pete is a serial entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist. He has started three companies, which have employed thousands of people over the last 14 years, including one of the largest commercial solar companies in the US, SoCore Energy. Pete is one of the founding members of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) and he is deeply involved in the social justice facets of the cannabis industry. In 2018, Marijuana Business Magazine called Pete "One of 20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018". Pete has delivered talks all over the US around issues related to reforming the war on drugs and has delivered a TED Talk on this same issue. Pete believes deeply in, and actively leads, organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities, serving as Chairman of StreetWise (2009 – present), one of the largest homeless aid organizations in the Midwest. He was also a long time board member at The Cara Program, one of the largest non-profit workforce training programs in the Midwest which focuses on preparing individuals on the verge of homelessness for employment. Pete was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was also named 40 under 40 by Crains Chicago Business in 2012. In 2015, Pete was honored with the "Catalyst Award" by StreetWise.