CCIA Staff

 

Lindsay Robinson,

Executive Director

Prior to becoming the executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, Lindsay was the director of development for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lindsay oversaw MPP’s national fundraising and membership strategies. Based in San Francisco, California, Lindsay was a key member of MPP’s fundraising team starting in 2010 and took the helm of the department in early 2014. MPP was responsible for passing adult use ballot initiatives in Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine in 2016 while playing a supporting role in California with Prop 64. Lindsay’s team at MPP helped raise over $18 million for these campaigns in the 2016 election cycle.

She was one of the primary fundraisers for both Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado, and Ballot Measure 2, a similar initiative that made marijuana legal in Alaska in 2014. Lindsay was elected to the board of the California Cannabis Industry Association in January 2016 and served as the chairwoman of the Legislative Committee that same year.

Lindsay has been working to end marijuana prohibition for two decades, in both volunteer and professional capacities. Her passion for social justice has also lead to more than 17 years in the non-profit industry, fundraising for organizations like the SF-Marin Food Bank, the Center for Justice and Accountability, and La Raza Centro Legal. Lindsay received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies at the University of Vermont and has her master’s in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She’s also a registered yoga instructor and tequila enthusiast, not necessarily in that order.


 

Ben Bradley

Operations Director

In 2003, Mr. Bradley started his career in the United States Army serving as a Combat Medic. Upon achieving the rank of Sergeant, he oversaw multiple medical clinics, both in state and overseas until 2007.

After leaving the service he went on to consulting and managing multiple promotional and marketing campaigns for a variety of national brands throughout the country.

Upon returning to his hometown in Sacramento in 2011, he redirected his focused to follow his passion and became involved with social justice issues impacting local and regional communities in which began researching the impacts public policy reform. Soon after this he joined the founding of the California Cannabis Industry Association in 2013 where he is now the Director of Operations 


 

Josh Drayton

Communications and Outreach Director

Josh Drayton began his career in Humboldt County, California where he gained invaluable education and experience as a political organizer. His experience served him well as he went on to coordinate and execute campaigns throughout California, in addition to working for the past two Pro Tems of the Senate. Josh’s success in bridging the information gap between local policymakers and the diverse, fast growing cannabis industry has been fundamental in gauging mutually beneficial regulations that will shape the future of Cannabis in California. He is currently Communications and Outreach Director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, an association that collectively represents over 300 industry businesses.

 


 

Justin McCarthy

Membership Manager

Justin began his education at Sacramento City College where he became a scholar-athlete and member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He later transferred to Sacramento State earning his Bachelor's in Political Science in 2015 with honors. Throughout the early part of college, Justin was drawn to both social and environmental issues and quickly focused his degree on environmental law and policy diving deep into environmental justice issues. While at Sac State Justin was a part of various student associations where he dedicated his free time to work on improving environmental sustainability on campus and various political issues in and around the community.


Justin began his career at CCIA shortly after graduating in the summer of 2015 where he served as a membership intern. After interning for a few months he quickly transitioned into the full-time Membership Coordinator for 2016 and now currently serves as its Membership Manager.

 
 

  


 

Emma Snuggs

Legislative Aide

Emma Snuggs is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Deer Clan, Oklahoma Band. Emma studied Political Science and Native American Studies at Sacramento City College before transferring to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as an American Indian Studies major with Advanced Standing and Honors. At UCLA, she earned the titles of Undergraduate Research Scholar, UCLA Law Fellow and, under the mentorship of Dr. Duane Champagne and Dr. Julia Coates, she has achieved College Honors, Departmental Honors, and is the first Department Scholar in American Indian Studies at UCLA, simultaneously earning her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Fall 2017 and engaging in original research at every opportunity. Through the UCLA School of Law’s Tribal Learning Community and Education Exchange and her own network, she has had the honor of working with and learning from tribes and Tribal communities throughout California. Her work with various non-profits spurred a passion for strengthening partnerships and helping develop opportunities for minority owned businesses in the cannabis industry.
Most importantly, Emma is a mother and is devoted to ensuring a safe and responsible cannabis industry via political advocacy and education.
 

 

Nate Bradley,

Legislative Advocate

Mr. Bradley is the Policy Advocate and co-founder of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA). He is responsible for public policy, advocacy, and political strategy at the state and local levels.  Mr. Bradley is highly skilled in creating campaign messaging, demographic targeting, and public policy development.  

Before joining CCIA, Mr. Bradley was the President of BCI Solutions, a Medical Cannabis Strategic Consulting firm.  He is considered an “outside the box” strategist whose hard-driving style has earned him a reputation as one of the leaders in California's cannabis industry. 

Mr. Bradley’s served as a spokesman and advisor to the Yes on Prop 19 Campaign and was a public policy advisor to CSPARC (Committee for Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis) in Sacramento County, California.

He has represented his clients interests before government bodies, while developing numerous contacts in state and local government. Mr. Bradley is often sought out to provide policy advice to public officials from around the state. He has consulted with numerous California lawmakers throughout the state and local levels and has testified on of behalf of legislation being introduced into the California State Legislature.

In 2010 Mr. Bradley founded Lawmen Protecting Patients, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization consisting of retired and disabled members of the law enforcement community who have become medical cannabis patients and now advocate on their behalf.

Mr. Bradley also brings with him 10 years of education and experience in law enforcement and defense investigation. He has worked as a city Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff and Criminal Defense Investigator. During his time in law enforcement he received extensive specialized training and has conducted numerous criminal investigations. Contact Nate via email at nate@cacannabisindustry.org

 

 

Amy O’Gorman Jenkins

Legislative Advocate

As an influential government affairs professional, Amy Jenkins has over 20 years of experience in legislative, public affairs and campaign experience at the federal, state and local levels. She has specific expertise in matters involving local government, revenue and taxation, the political reform act, public safety, water policy, environmental regulation and medical cannabis policy reform.  She excels in developing legislative, political, communications and campaign strategies for businesses, local government agencies and professional associations.

Amy joined Platinum Advisors in November 2014 where she manages a divers client portfolio that includes the County of Orange, the Personal Care Products Council, the California Cannabis Industry Association and Ygrene Energy Fund.

Prior to joining Platinum, Amy served as chief of staff to State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) where she planned and directed all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Senator’s Capitol and District offices; represented the Senator with other Legislators, government officials, stakeholder groups, and members of the public; and managed all communications and information flow.

Prior to joining the Senator’s Office, Amy served as Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs Officer for the County of Solano.  During her tenure at the County, Amy’s many successes included the development of a legislative strategy to establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a National Heritage Area (NHA). These efforts led to the successful introduction of federal legislation by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman John Garamendi. She also worked closely with the State Legislature and community stakeholders, as the County sought to implement AB 109 Public Safety Realignment.

Prior to joining the County, Amy served as the director of the League of California Cities’ nationally recognized grassroots program.  During her 7 years as program director, Amy led a team of 17 professionals through a number of successful statewide ballot measure campaigns to protect local government revenues and authority including: “No on Prop. 90” in 2006, “No on Prop. 98 and Yes on Prop. 99”, both in 2008; and “Save Your City”; a campaign launched in 2009 to prevent additional raids of local government revenue by state lawmakers.

Amy began her grassroots work in 2003 during the League’s historic Prop. 1A. Sponsored by the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, Prop. 1A enjoyed bi-partisan support from over 600 statewide and local organizations, as well as hundreds of individual supporters.  Prop. 1A passed with 83.7 percent approval by California voters in 2004.

Prior to her work at the League, Amy worked in the California State Assembly as a legislative aide to then-Assembly Member Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana); committee consultant to the Assembly Business & Professions Committee; and field representative to former Assembly Member Valerie Brown (D-Sonoma).

Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1995.

 


 

HENRY WYKOWSKI

General Counsel

Henry Wykowski is recognized as one of the most respected cannabis attorneys in the country, and widely considered the counsel of choice for the most significant challenges facing the industry.

As lead attorney, Henry has orchestrated the successful defense of the industry’s most important cases, including the forfeiture actions filed by the federal government against Harborside Health Center (the nation’s largest dispensary), Berkeley Patient's Group (the oldest operating dispensary) and Shambhala Healing Center. Henry has also distinguished himself in the representation of dispensaries in actions brought by the IRS.  As counsel in Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP) v. Commissioner, he established important precedents recognizing the right to deduct cost of cannabis sold and limiting the punitive applicability of IRC Sec. 280E. Henry’s forceful legal strategies have assured his clients, and the industry, continued success.  His firm advises on the navigation of the conflict between federal and state law, the formation of entities, real estate matters, state, county and local regulation, current industry trends and financing.

Henry is a sought-after speaker and panelist by the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and various cannabis industry groups as an expert in cannabis law.  He serves as counsel for many of the most prominent leaders in the industry. A former federal prosecutor,  Henry  is a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and serves as its Counsel.