The mission of the Green Soul Foundation is to reconnect disadvantaged populations with economic opportunity by removing barriers and providing workforce development.

Historically, people of color have been disproportionately harmed by drug law enforcement. Our mission is to promote opportunities for economic empowerment and redefine the relationship between people of color and the manufacture and sale of cannabis.

The Green Soul Foundation is the brainchild of Boston-resident Taba Moses, owner of Green Soul Organics, an experienced real estate developer and entrepreneur. He is son of Robert Parris Moses, the architect of “Freedom Summer” and a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Our vision is a society where everyone has work they value and for which they are valued and well-compensated.

An investment of $1 million by MedMen represents a step in the right direction and has enabled the Green Soul Foundation to kickstart its campaign to restore economic mobility within traditionally marginalized communities. In addition, Moxie Limited’s donation of a portion of their proceeds to the foundation will aid in our ability to fulfill our mission.

The Foundation is the first of its kind: a national organization, based in Boston, dedicated to ensuring people of color have the tools they need to contribute to the growing cannabis industry and benefit from the burgeoning exchange in cannabis-based goods.

The Green Soul Foundation will announce our first initiatives later this spring.


The Foundation is the first of its kind: a national organization, based in Boston, dedicated to ensuring people of color have the tools they need to contribute to the growing cannabis industry and benefit from the burgeoning exchange in cannabis-based goods.


The Green Soul Foundation Featured in Forbes Magazine:

Behind The Scenes With Cannabis Charities

Janelle LaSalle | Forbes

Cannabis is the new gold rush. It’s an industry with an almost comical level of rapid growth, with cannabis spending estimated to hit $57 billion worldwide by 2027.

While there are plenty of excited prospectors waiting to capitalize on the uncertainty there’s also plenty of good to be had, too. We live in a day and age where we can watch the rise of cannabis non-profits like NORML and FOCUS honor their communities by giving back to vulnerable populations—a noble pursuit to be sure.

“If you’re going to be a non-profit in this space, you must, at a bare minimum, align your group to right the wrongs that have been done in whatever state that your nonprofit operates,” says Mr. Taba Moses, founder of the Green Soul Foundation, a newly formed nonprofit designed to address racial disparities in the cannabis industry.

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FOUNDING MEMBERS

Richard Harding

Green Soul Foundation President

Richard Harding is a fixture in Cambridge politics, civic and business arenas. Harding has been influential in addressing structural racism in education, employment and policing in the Boston region. He has founded and collaborated on numerous initiatives to improve the lives and opportunities of black and brown communities in Massachusetts. Currently, Harding runs the Men of Color Health Initiative of the Cambridge Public Health Department, which seeks to engage men of color in advocating for their health and holding healthcare systems accountable for providing culturally-competent care. His work as a consultant for CambridgeWorks, a job training program, and his efforts on the successful Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Massachusetts have motivated Harding to ensure that people of color have the training and skills they need to seize opportunities.

Richard Ng

Green Soul Foundation Strategic Partner, Founding Member of The Allyance-Oakland

Richard Ng is a ‘cannapreneur’ who working with Make Green Go and the City of Oakland providing business development technical assistance to Equity Applicants in the City of Oakland. He is on the founding team of The Allyance, an emerging network of Cannabis businesses committed to supporting cannabis social equity programs. As a social impact consultant he has worked with startups in the Bay Area to increase their community impact. In his 10 years of experience in the cannabis industry he has also worked with Washington state-based Gold Leaf Gardens and Leira Cannagars to expand to other markets and create the most community focused and creative brands in the industry.

Khari Milner

Green Soul Foundation, Director

For more than twenty years Khari Milner has designed and implemented cross-system collaboratives and programs aimed at supporting in-and-out-of-school time learning communities and systems, centered on the diverse needs of students. He is Co-Director of the Cambridge Agenda for Children-Out-of-School Time , and has led the development of the Cambridge Expanded Learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics ( EL STEAM ) and Middle School Networks . He is also a founding member of the Young People's Project. He has worked with young people, educators, policy-makers and leaders throughout the United States, Costa Rica and Tanzania, in diverse roles including youth worker, youth employment program director, math instructor, curriculum developer, facilitator, non-profit organization trustee and strategic planner.

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