Kristi Kelly

Kristi Kelly Cannabis Doing Good Advisory Board

Kristi has been recognized as one of the country’s Most Powerful Women in cannabis, and one of the top 100 political cannabis influencers. She is currently the Chief Strategy and Government Affairs Officer at Sozo Companies, a vertically-integrated provider of marijuana and hemp-derived CBD manufacturer launching a suite of consumer packaged goods.

She was the executive director of Colorado’s most impactful trade association for licensed cannabis businesses, Marijuana Industry Group (MIG). Kristi led state, national and international discussions about the impacts of legalization, launched the world’s first PSA campaign from the cannabis industry, brokered the world’s first industry-government partnership on impaired driving with Colorado’s Department of Transportation, partnered with community organizations to plant gardens in food deserts, provided resources for homelessness services, and addressed immigration issues associated with cannabis use and employment. Kristi advanced the issue of cannabis equity alongside longtime advocates and local government, using the organization’s coffers to fund administrative costs to seal low-level cannabis convictions, work she continues to support through her current role at Sozo. She also launched the first effort for diversity outreach at the largest cannabis job fair in the US.

She was the executive director of Colorado’s most impactful trade association for licensed cannabis businesses, Marijuana Industry Group (MIG). Kristi led state, national and international discussions about the impacts of legalization, launched the world’s first PSA campaign from the cannabis industry, brokered the world’s first industry-government partnership on impaired driving with Colorado’s Department of Transportation, partnered with community organizations to plant gardens in food deserts, provided resources for homelessness services, and addressed immigration issues associated with cannabis use and employment. Kristi advanced the issue of cannabis equity alongside longtime advocates and local government, using the organization’s coffers to fund administrative costs to seal low-level cannabis convictions, work she continues to support through her current role at Sozo. She also launched the first effort for diversity outreach at the largest cannabis job fair in the US.

As a regulated cannabis pioneer, she was a founding board member of the Fourth Corner Credit Union, the first cannabis financial institution, and the founding trustee of CannAbility Foundation, a network for families of children that can be helped by cannabis. She is an advisory board member of Cannabis Doing Good. She recently retired her role as the governor’s appointee on Colorado’s Marijuana Education Oversight Committee and Colorado’s Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. She was the lead profile in the book, Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed & Business and has been recognized for years by Cannabis Business Executive as an operator, influencer, and leader. She was profiled in The Guardian as one of America’s Dope Queens, and her story has also been featured in The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, Bloomberg/Businessweek, The New York Times, and more.

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