If anyone on the Reader crew is known for their cann-do attitude, it’s senior account executive Lisa Solomon Mann—she’s also our resident cannabis specialist. The Indianapolis native came to the media industry after earning her Bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics at Tulane University and completing her graduate studies in clinical psychology at Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Lisa initially joined the Reader when it was owned by the Sun-Times in November 2017. We were sad to see her leave the following summer, but our frowns flipped upside down when she returned to the newly independent paper in February 2019. “It is great to be a part of a team of kind, smart, interesting, caring, honest, and fun people,” she says. “The Reader has been my go-to source for all things Chicago for 30 years. Working here, I get to peek behind the curtain to see the people that create the amazing content.” Lisa enjoys studying cannabis science, sustainable cultivation practices, and learning how the plant can help people of all ages—and sharing that information with others. At work, she’s channeled that enthusiasm into developing partnerships between the Reader and local cannabis businesses and advocates. She cohosts the Cannabis Conversations segment on The Ben Joravsky Show, and in the early days of Chicago’s COVID-19 lockdown, she masterminded our cannabis activity book, Stoned: The Chicago Reader 420 Companion for Coloring, Cooking, and Creating. Lisa has plenty of interests outside of cannabis too; she loves visiting her three kids who live in New York and New Orleans, surfing, reading books on spirituality (a favorite is Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss), dining out, watching live music, and walking through Chicago’s many neighborhoods and outdoor spaces including Green City Market and the Riverwalk.

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