Up Close With Terah Pitchford

Terah Pitchford

Current job: HR and compliance director for Landrace Brands.

Proudest professional moment: I started in the cannabis industry as an activist, raising awareness and collecting signatures for cannabis decriminalization in Washington. It was far from a lone effort, but the passage of I-502 by voters in 2012 was a proud moment for those of us in the cannabis community. On a more personal level, there was a time where I was able to help a mentee develop the skills they needed to land a sought-after promotion, and eventually score an awesome new job. I am still so proud of them!

First job: My first job after babysitting was as an Ice Cream Scooper at Baskin Robbins – the same first job as President Barack Obama! I loved making extravagant sundaes and practicing piping frosting on cakes.

Fun fact: My name is a portmanteau of my parents’ names (Terry + Leah = Terah) and an anagram for earth and heart.

Favorite spot on a Saturday night: If I am going out, I’d love to be in the grass at the amphitheater watching a live show! I also enjoy nights in, snuggled up with my two kids watching Disney movies or doing craft projects.

Favorite movie: “Benny & Joon,” “The Big Lebowski,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Booksmart,” “Grease” and all the “Harry Potter” movies.

Music of choice: My current playlist consists of a lot of upbeat pop like Lizzo, Halsey and Taylor Swift – but I love all genres and I am particularly stoked about the recent announcement of a My Chemical Romance reunion!

Favorite place to eat: Beyond a newfound infatuation with homemade pasta – my two local faves are ThaiTime off 49th Street (they have the best pad thai) and Twilight Pizza in Camas (The Cheeky Monkey Pizza … mmm!).

Motto/Inspirational quote: “You cannot succeed, if at some point you haven’t failed.” – Maria Ressa

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Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start ClarkCountyToday.com.