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  • Mary Jane Borden

Resume of Mary Jane Borden

Mary Jane Borden and a few of her drawings.

Accomplished communications and information professional. Author, artist, advocate and activist in cannabis policy, reform and education.

  • Public & Media Relations * Strategic Planning * Organizational Management

  • Research & Analysis * Non-Profit Finance * Graphic & Web Design

  • Investigative Reporting * Public Speaking * Grant & Creative Writing

Ohio Rights Group (ORG) Columbus, Ohio

Cofounded this 501(c)(4) advocacy organization and its 501(c)(3) sister organization, the Ohio Rights Group Educational Fund to advocate for medical marijuana in the State of Ohio through ballot issues, legislative lobbying and patient education.

President 2015–2016

Treasurer 2013–2015 & 2017-present

Natural Therapies Education Foundation (NTEF) Columbus, Ohio

Cofounded this educational nonprofit support education, research, outreach and philanthropy within Ohio’s cannabis industry.

Secretary 2017-present

Columbus Free Press

For this longstanding and well known Ohio newspaper, serve as cannabis-focused staff writer and monthly columnist now under the banner "Mary Jane's Guide."


DrugSense/Media Awareness Project (MAP) Irvine, California

An educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to sensible, evidence-based drug policies and practices. - -

Fundraising Specialist/Business Manager 2000–2012

Secretary, Board of Directors 2005–2012

Drug War Facts, Editor 2009–2012

A project of Common Sense for Drug Policy, this website holds thousands of direct quotes with their bibliographic citations gleaned from authoritative sources.

Ohio Patient Network Columbus, Ohio

Cofounded this 501(c)(3) patient-focused charitable and educational organization that was one of the first to lobby the Ohio General Assembly for passage of medical marijuana legislation.

President 2006–2007

Treasurer 2002–2006 & 2008-2009

Borden Business Publishers, Owner. Westerville, Ohio

On a freelance basis, helped marketing, sales and other businesses communicate visually with clients and customers via graphic design, desktop publishing and other technologies. 1991–2002

Adria Laboratories, Senior Analyst–Marketing. Dublin, Ohio

In its time, the largest marketer of cancer chemotherapy agents in the United States. 1982–1991

Master of Business Administration, The University of Dayton

Concentration: Finance

Bachelor of Arts, Otterbein University

Majors: Art and Psychology

Accredited in Public Relations (APR) Public Relations Society of America

A mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice.

Recipient: 2019 Free Press "Libby Award" for Community Activism

Registered Lobbyist In State of Ohio 2013–present

Public Relations Society of America 1999–present

The world's largest organization for public relations professionals.

Columbus Matrix Foundation, President and Treasurer 1998–2003

A 501(c)(3) charitable foundation established by the Columbus Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications to award scholarships to worthy communications students.

Association for Women in Communications, President, Columbus Chapter 1995–1996

A professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines.

Award-winning artist, skilled in such mediums as photography, framing, oil, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor. Established the website and Facebook page CannabinArt to display artwork, writings and biography.

A PDF of this resume can be found here.


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