Dr. Chanda Macias

CEO, Women Grow; Owner and CEO

National Holistic Healing Center

Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD is the CEO and the owner of National Holistic™ a cannabis and hemp healthcare enterprise. National Holistic™ Healing Center is the leading medical marijuana dispensary in Washington DC. Dr. Macias has spent 15+ years developing knowledge of medical marijuana impact on patients. Dr. Macias contributes growth to the market through education on ailment strain alignment, aligning a medical marijuana strain with a specific condition or ailment. Dr. Macias expanded her footprint as the President of Ilera Holistic Healthcare which is one of two cultivation/processing facilities in the state of Louisiana.

Dr. Macias educates women entrepreneurs and patients through her outreach platform as the Chairwoman of the Board of Managers and CEO for Women Grow with a national educational reach impacting over 500,000+ people and patients.

Finally, Dr. Macias serves on the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) Board Chaired by former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John A. Boehner. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association focusing on business development for communities adversely impacted by the War on Drugs. In her local market, she serves as the Treasurer and Secretary of DC Medical Cannabis Trade Association that proactively engages in legislation, regulations, and compliance with the Department of Health, and is a proud member of Americans for Safe Access, promoting safe and legal access to medical marijuana for research purposes.

Dr. Macias earned a PhD in Cellular Biology from Howard University, and extensively studied cancer including breast cancer, colon cancer, and evolved into developing a model to understand the mechanism of prostate cancer metastasizes to bone.

Dr. Macias was the Director of STEM Education in the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences at Howard University, where she was awarded over $10M in federally funded grants.