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Oscar holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Linguistics and Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is an active member of the Seattle business community, serving as a mentor and advisor to other entrepreneurs and startups. He is a founding board member and founding member for industry associations, and he serves as executive business consultant and advisor for private and public organizations, including University of Washington School of Medicine, tribal nations, domestic and foreign governments. 

Outside of his professional pursuits, Oscar is a devoted husband and father, residing in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood with his family. He enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors, cooking for friends and family, adventure traveling and participating in community events and causes.

Oscar Velasco-Schmitz is a Seattle-based entrepreneur with a diverse background in the tech, cannabis, and hospitality industries. He is best known as the co-founder of Dockside Cannabis, one of the most successful cannabis dispensaries in Washington state, which he co-founded with friends and colleagues in 2011.

Prior to his foray into the cannabis industry, Oscar owned and operated a popular restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. He also worked at Microsoft as a software engineer for several years, where he honed his skills in software development, project management and systems development.