Sapphire Blackwood, J.D. has lived in San Diego for 12 years. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a B.A. in communications, emphasis in advertising. After graduating, she excelled in sales and marketing. In 2015, she graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Blackwood is a self-proclaimed activist and has worked on several campaigns for a number of issues including anti-human trafficking and LGBTQ equality. Her work in the LGBTQ community led her to a position as the LGBTQ field organizer for the Scott Peters for Congress re-election campaign in 2014.
Upon graduating law school, Blackwood began her work as a consultant in the cannabis industry, focusing on business compliance and California licensing. She continues her activism within the community. She organized LGBTQ Pride parties in 2016 both in San Franciscoand San Diego. She also helped implement, along with Cynara Velasquez – former executive director of the Association of Cannabis Professionals, a San Diego-based campaign for statewide Proposition 64. The SoCal Cannabis Conference, held at the San DiegoConvention Center, donated space to Blackwood for an unprecedented LGBTQ activists section. With the help from the community, including some fabulous drag queens, Blackwood was able to bring some LGBTQ culture to the cannabis industry, a gap she’s noticed upon entering the field.
Blackwood divides her time with several organizations. She serves as the political co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign San Diego, the secretary for the San Diego Democrats for Equality,the Director of Community Engagement for the Association of Cannabis Professionals and is a board member of the National Cannabis Coalition.