CCIA Staff

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Emily Salmon St. Pierre
Membership Coordinator

Emily Salmon St. Pierre serves as the Membership Coordinator and enjoys working with CCIA members to better understand the California cannabis industry. Emily joins CCIA after working in Washington, D.C. for the non-profit Global Impact. At Global Impact, Emily advanced social media outreach strategies for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) & Growfund. During their time in Washington D.C., Emily served as a fellow for Women Grow. Working with Women Grow sparked Emily’s passion for a more inclusive cannabis culture.

When they aren’t in the office you can often find Emily in bodies of water, on the trail, at the grill or watching the Bachelorette. Emily is a passionate advocate for the queer community and is energized when challenging patriarchal norms. Emily graduated from the University of Puget Sounds with a B.A. in Religious Studies.

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Alexis d'Angelo
SoCal Membership & Outreach Liaison

Alexis d'Angelo began her career in Cannabis in 2015 after leaving Corporate America Healthcare in search of an alternative to the #BigPharmaLifetimeLoyaltyProgram.

Her advocacy work among the LA County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles and surrounding municipalities have afforded her the opportunities to build strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders and policymakers.  Devoted to changing the perception of Cannabis Medicine and ending global prohibition.

Alexis is the Membership and Outreach Liaison for Southern California and lives in Hermosa Beach.

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Amy O’Gorman Jenkins
Senior Policy Director

Amy O’Gorman Jenkins left a successful career in the State Capitol to become a lobbyist in November 2014.  Since that time, she has managed a diverse client portfolio that includes local government, consumer product safety, clean energy financing and cannabis industry clients. 

As Senior Policy Director to the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA), Jenkins spearheaded policy and legislation for the legal cannabis industry, including Proposition 64 and the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. She advanced legislation to establish new safety standards for cannabis manufacturers and created Cannabis Caucus, comprised of 10 lobbying firms with cannabis-related clients to better organize and represent the industry.

As a local government advocate, Jenkins led a team through several successful statewide ballot measure campaigns to protect local government revenues and has advanced numerous measures to protect local control and authority.  Most recently, Jenkins helped craft legislation to create the most comprehensive consumer protections for homeowners who choose to use PACE, as a financing solution, sponsored by local governments to address important energy and water-conservation home improvement needs.

As Chief of Staff to then State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Amy planned and directed all administrative, financial, legislative, and operational activities in the Senator’s Capitol and District offices.  During her tenure with the Senator, Amy helped advance legislation to establish a Santa Ana River Conservancy and reform California’s campaign laws.  She also helped advance legislation to improve the operational effectiveness of the California Military Department, earning her the department’s Civilian Medal of Honor in 2013.

Prior to her work in Senate, Amy served Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs Officer for the County of Solano; Director of the League of California Cities’ nationally recognized regional public affairs program; Legislative Aide to Assembly Member Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana); and Consultant to the Assembly Business & Professions Committee.

In August 2018, Amy was listed #100 in Capitol Weekly’s top 100 power brokers in California and was nicknamed “Pot Girl” in an April 2017 profile by Dan Morain.

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Eddie Franco
Legislative Liaison

Eddie first developed a passion for policy reform while studying Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, he helped found and lead several political and philanthropic organizations on campus, as well as organized around campaigns and issues in the Riverside community.

Upon graduating, Eddie served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow under Dr. Bill Quirk, where he worked in the state capitol on key legislation impacting California’s cannabis industry. Eddie is now drawing on his years of policy experience and advocacy to serve as CCIA’s Legislative Liaison, and is dedicated to engaging with stakeholders across California to ensure the state’s cannabis laws are equitable, safe, and fair.

When not deep in legislative work, you will probably find Eddie at the local comic book shop or spending time with his wife and their pet cat and bunny, Honey Pie and Rosalina.

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Chelsea Kennedy
Legislative Aide

After Graduating from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and a minor in Social Advocacy, Chelsea returned to Sacramento with a goal of putting her education and skills to use while contributing to her community. 

Soon after, Chelsea joined the CCIA team as a communications intern before becoming a staff member as a Legislative Aide. During her time with CCIA she has been involved in graphic design, development of legislative documents, and social media management.

Chelsea’s education and experience in the hospitality industry prior to her time at CCIA, and her commitment to community service, drive her to focus on projects she believes will have lasting positive impacts on California.

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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.