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 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 nonprofit 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.


 

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


 

Khurshid Khoja,

General Counsel 

Khurshid Khoja is the founder and Principal of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a business law firm which advises start-ups, established businesses and other social enterprises within the legal cannabis industry and ancillary industries. Greenbridge represents clientele from across sectors in the legal cannabis industry: non-profit advocacy organizations, medical marijuana collectives, consulting firms, publishing companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, infused products producers, agricultural equipment manufacturers, software companies, trade associations and others. Khurshid currently serves on the founding Boards of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) and the Illinois Cannabis Industry Association, and as General Counsel to the CCIA. While serving as The ArcView Group’s counsel, Khurshid helped ArcView CEO Troy Dayton launch the ArcView Investor Network, the legal cannabis industry’s first private investment network — providing advice on securities laws compliance, drafting membership and other critical path agreements.


Among other honors, Khurshid was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He was profiled as an Industry Leader in the recently published The State of the Legal Marijuana Markets (2nd Ed.), and his early days as the General Counsel of MendoGrown (later the Emerald Growers Association) are chronicled in Doug Fine’s book Too High To Fail. He has been a featured presenter at numerous ArcView Investor Network conferences, the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Conference, the National Marijuana Business Conference, the California NORML Conference, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy National and Regional Conferences and at numerous National


 

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

Deputy Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Justin McCarthy

Membership Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Emma Snuggs

Legislative Aid

 

 

 

 


 

 

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.