The founders of The Apothecarium created the Philanthropic Advisory Board with the aim of benefitting the community around them. The Advisory Board assigns funds to local charities and non-profits in order to improve access to goods and services in local neighborhoods. 


Philanthropic Advisory Board

Alan Beach-Nelson

  Beach-Nelson serves as the President of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association. Where he applies his 22 years of nonprofit and leadership experience. Beach-Nelson is former  Vice-President of Development of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Deputy Director at the UCSF Institute for AIDS Research.  

 

Beach-Nelson serves as the President of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association. Where he applies his 22 years of nonprofit and leadership experience. Beach-Nelson is former  Vice-President of Development of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Deputy Director at the UCSF Institute for AIDS Research.  

Dr. Alice K. Charap

  Charap has lived and practiced chiropractic medicine in the Castro Neighborhood for over 25 years. She is a member In the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro Association, The California Chiropractic Association and the San Francisco Chiropractic Society.

 

Charap has lived and practiced chiropractic medicine in the Castro Neighborhood for over 25 years. She is a member In the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro Association, The California Chiropractic Association and the San Francisco Chiropractic Society.

David Goldman & Michael Koehn

  Koehn and Goldman are public advocates and community organizers for the safe access to medical cannabis in California. Goldman, former Chair of Americans for Safe Access, now represents CAL NORML with Koehn at lectures,  conventions and other community events. 

 

Koehn and Goldman are public advocates and community organizers for the safe access to medical cannabis in California. Goldman, former Chair of Americans for Safe Access, now represents CAL NORML with Koehn at lectures,  conventions and other community events. 

Michelle Aldrich

  Aldrich is a local medical cannabis advocate celebrated for her recovery from advanced lung cancer via  cannabis oil therapy. She is a board member of California NORML and former member of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force.

 

Aldrich is a local medical cannabis advocate celebrated for her recovery from advanced lung cancer via  cannabis oil therapy. She is a board member of California NORML and former member of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force.

Troy Brunet

  Troy Brunet was the first African-American president of the San Francisco Castro Lions Club of Lions International. He had been involved with the Castro Lions for 7 years and has served as their first vice president for 2 1/2 of those years. Troy is currently the Lead for the Reading Glass Program at Project Homeless Connect.  Previously, he has also served on the board of Tenderloin Health, Community Housing Partnership, GGBA (Goldengate Business Association) and the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. Troy volunteers for the Aids Emergency Fund and Breast-Cancer Emergency Fund, the Stop AIDS Project, and AIDS Walk San Francisco. 

 

Troy Brunet was the first African-American president of the San Francisco Castro Lions Club of Lions International. He had been involved with the Castro Lions for 7 years and has served as their first vice president for 2 1/2 of those years. Troy is currently the Lead for the Reading Glass Program at Project Homeless Connect.  Previously, he has also served on the board of Tenderloin Health, Community Housing Partnership, GGBA (Goldengate Business Association) and the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. Troy volunteers for the Aids Emergency Fund and Breast-Cancer Emergency Fund, the Stop AIDS Project, and AIDS Walk San Francisco. 

David Troupe

  Troupe serves as the the President of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Troupe represents residents and businesses in this role and resides over monthly community meetings and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. 

 

Troupe serves as the the President of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Troupe represents residents and businesses in this role and resides over monthly community meetings and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. 

 

Praise for the Philanthropic Advisory Board

“I commend your dedication to the promotion of the Upper Market and Castro neighborhood. It is through the efforts of individuals such as you that ensure a brighter future for our community.”
— Mark Leno, California State Senator
We as a neighborhood are very pleased to have you and the Apothecarium as business that operates in our neighborhood and look forward to continuing to partner with you in the coming years.”
— Dennis Richards, Former President of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Assoication
The Apothecarium, their medical cannabis dispensary in the Upper Market/Castro neighborhood, is an exemplary neighborhood business: professional run, contributing to its local neighborhood and generously donating to community-based non-profit agencies such as AIDS Emergency Fund.”
— Mike Smith, Executive Director Emergency Funds
“The Numbers are very impressive, showing that their initial commitment to giving back to the community was not just platitudes to garner the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Associations support, but a real commitment. Over the past two and a half years The Apothecarium has given $234,000 in direct contributions as well as funding $190,000 in support group donations for a grand total of $424,000 or about $170,000 per year.”
— Alan R. Beach-Nelson, President of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association
The Apothecarium has already demonstrated its strong commitment to benefit our City by donating more than a quarter million dollars to various nonprofits, community groups, schools, and community benefit districts. This amazing level of commitment to our community absolutely dwarfs that of any other small business of which I am aware.
— Peter Fortune, Marina Community Association Board Member