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Kelly Goldberg


Kelly Judge Goldberg, M.Ed. is an award-winning educator and passionate cannabis activist. She is an alumna of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where she earned her B.A. in English and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.

Kelly teaches Cannabis and Society and Introduction to Cannabis ​at DePaul’s Cannabis Studies Program. She also teaches Restorative Justice and Cannabis, Entering the Cannabis Industry, and Introduction to Cannabis at the Chicago City Colleges. Kelly served as the Education Committee Chair for Olive-Harvey College’s Cannabis Advisory Council since its inception in 2019 and helped design cannabis curricula for Olive-Harvey’s state-accredited Applied Cannabis Studies program.

Outside of the classroom, Kelly was appointed by Governor Pritzker to the State of Illinois’ Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee in 2019. She is a member of Illinois’ Alliance for Cannabis Equity, a Policy Committee contributor for the Cannabis Equity Illinois Coalition, and a proud participant of Chicago NORML. Kelly is also the Illinois Women in Cannabis Professional Development & Education Committee Co-Chair and Mentoring Program Lead.

Recent Panels and Presentations

Presenter - Green Rainbows: Harnessing the History of Cannabis Prohibition for Professional Success, Level Up Career Conference, June 2023

Presenter - Cannabis Justice and Regulated Cannabis in IL, NECANN IL (New England Cannabis Industry), June 2023

Panelist - Cannabis in Community Colleges, Stockton University 3rd Annual Cannabis Curriculum Convening, April 2023

Presenter - Meaningful Mentorship, Illinois Women in Cannabis Yearly Conference, March 2023

Panelist - Going Green: Cannabis Education as a Career Path, Illinois Women in Cannabis, November 2022

Presenter - The Culture of Cannabis: What You Need to Know About Education, Medical Uses and Harm Reduction, IL State Board of Education, Summit for Bilingual Parents, May 2022

Moderator - Cannabis Health Symposium, Olive-Harvey College, May 2022

Moderator - Cannabis Education in Community Colleges, Stockton University 2nd Annual Cannabis Curriculum Convening, April 2022

Panelist - Cannabis is Legal in Illinois: What Does That Mean for Black People and People of Color?, Dec. 2021​​