Codie Sanchez is a Managing Partner at Cresco Capital Partners, a private equity fund in the legalized cannabis space. She previously lead First Trust’s Latin America Investment business and held positions at Goldman Sachs, State Street, and Vanguard. She started her career as a journalist where she won the JFK award and the Howard Buffett Foundation grant for covering human trafficking. Sanchez is a pundit and columnist on investing, cannabis and startups, highlighted on The Today Show, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, People en Español, Business Wire, etc. She has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, a master’s from ESADE and Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and a B.A. from Arizona State University. She sits on the board of Magma Partners a venture fund in Chile, Hispanic Executive publication and is actively involved in AEI. She is one of the founders of Texans for Veterans, a medical research and veteran advocacy group piloting research surrounding cannabis for veterans with PTSD and TBI.