Director of Government Relations, The National Cannabis Industry Association
The National Cannabis Industry Association is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. Our industry supports tens of thousands of jobs, tens of millions in tax revenue, and billions in economic activity in the United States. NCIA is leading the unified and coordinated campaign to ensure this emerging sector is treated fairly under federal law.
As Director of Government Relations, Michael's primary responsibilities include working with Congress to build support and awareness of NCIA's priority issues: tax and banking regulations. Michael also works closely with the media and other national organizations to increase the cannabis industry's profile nationally. In addition, Michael works to improve the legal and social climate for the cannabis industry. Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill, including working for Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA), who retired in 2010, and the House Committee on Resources, serving three different Chairmen. Previously, he was director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. In both positions, he advocated for policies in Congress.