Executive Board Member
Founder of CHA Inc
Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Hope Wiseman has always been passionate about serving her community. In 2014, Hope Wiseman graduated with an economics degree from the #1 Historically Black College and University Spelman College in Atlanta. While on campus, Hope served her prestigious college community with several leadership roles in campus organizations such as serving as the President of the Economics Club and co-founding her college’s first Habitat for Humanity chapter.
After spending a little over a year at SunTrust as an Equity Institutional Sales Analyst, Hope decided to continue striving for excellence by pursuing her dreams of entrepreneurship. With her financial and banking background, Hope founded her company, CHA Inc., on the foundation of her vision to create opportunity for minorities who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
In 2016, Hope Wiseman became the youngest Black woman dispensary owner in the United States with the as her company, CHA, was awarded a dispensary license in the 25th district of Maryland. This title has garnered her much national success that has led to national media placements and speaking engagements around the country. Mary and Main dispensary opened in Prince George’s County, Maryland in Fall 2018 and has had continuous growth ever since.
Over the past three years, Wiseman has worked alongside her mother, a dentist by trade, to grow her business and brand in the cannabis industry. During this time she has faced confusion and skepticism from friends and family who have negative connotations about marijuana though she continues to raise awareness about the positive effects it will soon have on minority communities.
Constantly breaking the stoner stigma and the negativity that comes with it, Wiseman continues to raise awareness and educate her community about the positive impact cannabis can have on America’s economy and communities. Wiseman has a strong desire to cultivate more research and development surrounding cannabis. She has often said that once the dismissive connotation of cannabis has been dissolved communities will have the opportunity to heal and economically prosper.
Because of COVID-19, Wiseman decided to throw a virtual cannabis conference intended to connect the cannabis community for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun on the industry’s holiday, 4/20. The 4|20 Experience bought in over 500 participants with over 50 speakers including Angela Rye, Jane West, Marvin Washington, Tamika Mallory, Dr. Rachel Knox, Shaun King, and many more. Proceeds from the event benefited non-profits National Bail Out and Children of Promise NYC. Due to the success of the event, Wiseman has decided to turn the 4|20 Experience into a virtual educational and networking community launching in May 2020.
Wiseman has been featured and recognized in the following national media publications: Essence, Huffington Post, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Urban One, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and several more.