Software Pioneer Leaves $10 Million to Five Non-Profits in Health and Drug Policy Reform
"Our budget this year is only $5 million, so this bequest is turbocharging our efforts to end marijuana prohibition in the United States," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. "In fact, Ashawna will likely be our biggest donor this year, and we'll be using half of her gift to pass the ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado on November 6."
“This transformative gift from Ashawna will help to ensure that everyone in our community who needs a meal can get one,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “She accomplished so much both in her professional life and through her philanthropy, and we are honored that she put her trust in Second Harvest Food Bank with this legacy gift.”
Hailey died on October 14, 2011, in her San Jose, Calif., home at the age of 62. She passed peacefully and is survived by her children Neal and Nora, and by her twin brother Kim.
After graduating from Texas Tech University in 1970, Shawn designed the launch sequencer for the Sprint Antiballistic Missile System for the Martin Marietta Corporation and in 1974 designed the 9080 microprocessor for AMD. Shawn and Kim co-founded Meta-Software Corp. in 1979 and their HSPICE program remains the gold standard circuit simulator for the electronic design industry.
MAPS is hosting a free lecture and discussion on Thursday, May 31, at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center about current research on MDMA as an adjunct to psychotherapy for PTSD. The event will include an acknowledgment of the impact of Hailey’s bequest on scientific research, health services, and drug policy reform. More information about the event: http://www.mdmaptsd.org/may31.
The Marijuana Policy Project, the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States, is responsible for most state-level marijuana policy reforms enacted since 2000. For more information, please visit www.mpp.org.