The WM Policy staff—with decades of legislative, regulatory and public policy experience, and an impressive record of achievement in local, state and national political campaigns; far reaching and impactful policy development; effective and creative public awareness efforts; and powerful, change-making coalition building—works with lawmakers, advocates, industry groups and other allies to forge safe, fair and accessible cannabis policy across the country and around the world.
Regional Legislative Associate, East Coast
Government Relations Intern
Anthony is currently working as a Government Relations intern, primarily focused on the Western U.S. He is currently working towards a Master in Public Policy degree from Duke University. Anthony lives in Durham, NC by way of Chicago with his wife Ashley and his dog Luca.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Bridget offers 15 years concentrated experience working on government relations, communications, strategy development, campaign management, and public relations at all levels of government. She is a political junkie and soccer mom.
Head of TEAL - Together for Equity, Access & Legalization
As the first woman to join Weedmaps in 2010, Candy has been an integral force in understanding the importance of corporate social responsibility. Candy has created new divisions and programs including T.E.A.L which stands for “together for equity, access, and legalization,” has restructured and built departments, and has leveraged her relationships and networking prowess to capitalize on sponsorship opportunities that are minority and female-focused. Today, Candy manages relationships with multiple organizations across the country, develops Weedmaps social justice and social equity initiatives, and is working to incorporate more programs and partnerships to diversify the internal staff and the industry as a whole.
Associate Vice President, Public Affairs
Cedric brings a wealth of political, policy and procedural experience to Weedmaps as Associate Vice President of Public Affairs. Prior, Cedric has led Weedmaps’ Emerging Markets team, overseeing legislative, regulatory, coalition building and advocacy efforts in newly-forming marketplaces and the federal government. He also collaborated with the public policy team on research, strategy and relationship building as Director of Public Policy and Partnerships. Cedric’s prior experience includes leading the Transportation Security Subcommittee in the US House of Representatives, as well as representing some of America’s largest corporations and prominent startups to state and local governments, largely focusing on technology and transportation. When Cedric is not gushing about his hometown (Jackson, Mississippi)… nevermind, he is always gushing over Jackson, Mississippi.
Associate Project Manager
Christy has been with Weedmaps for over 6 years and provides strategic, logistical and administrative support for the Public Affairs department. Managing the day to day operations and special projects for the team, she strives to ensure goals and deadlines are seamlessly met. Prior to Weedmaps, Christy worked for Mercedes Benz under Research and Development as an Operations Specialist. Her perfect weekend includes visiting Disneyland and listening to Dolly Parton.
Government Relations Director, International Emerging Markets
Ian leads Weedmaps’ public affairs efforts in international markets including Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. He has been involved in advocacy and campaigns for more than a decade — spending the early years of his career on campaigns to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the United States before expanding to a host of issues and causes across the country and around the world. Ian is a passionate runner and cyclist who lives with his husband in downtown Los Angeles.
Associate Director, Government Relations - West Coast
John Connor Cleveland is a member of Weedmaps’ public affairs team on the West Coast, where he supports the company’s legislative and regulatory priorities across thirteen states. John brings more than a decade of experience in federal and state government, public affairs and the non-profit sector, including four years as director of policy and external communications for the governor of South Carolina. John is an avid skier, reader, writer and live music enthusiast. He lives in Sonoma County, California, with his fiancee, Allison, and his dog, Leo.
Associate Vice President, Public Affairs
Justin Pressfield has over 15 years of experience working in government and media relations on complex policy and electoral matters at the federal, state and local levels. He focuses efforts on opening new markets and expanding existing markets through legislative, regulatory and initiative processes. Justin believes in comprehensive approaches marrying public relations, public affairs and direct engagement at grassroots and grasstops levels. He’s a weekend warrior (but that is too strong a word) who loves exploring the mountains near his home in Northern California with his wife and two sons.
Policy Research Associate
Keegan focuses on policy research and analysis at Weedmaps, including authoring policy papers and helping develop company positions on legislative and regulatory cannabis policy. He brings a strategic and abstract mindset to policy work that he honed during his time in the utility industry working on renewable energy policy. With being in the cannabis industry and his education in environmental economics from Michigan State University, its safe to say that Keegan is all about “green”. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at northern Michigan wineries and photographing nature.
Associate Director of East Coast
Lizzie focuses on government relations for Weedmaps’ on the East Coast. She works with government officials and industry partners to bring legalization and cannabis reform to the East Coast. Prior to joining Weedmaps, Lizzie worked on the Public Policy team at Airbnb working on community mobilization, campaign operations and eventually global policy development.
Government Relations Intern
Government Relations Associate
Manager of Policy
Grassroots/Advocacy Campaign Associate
Associate Director of Government Relations, Midwest
Tiffany Ingram has over 15 years of dedicated experience in regulatory law and government relations with a specialization in energy and cannabis policy. Most recently she served as the Deputy Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer for Policy and Legislation for the State of Illinois. As Deputy she focused on implementation of the recently passed adult use cannabis law and promoted policies to expand access and remove barriers to the cannabis industry. She has served in various capacities in the government and private sectors. She has served as the legal advisor to the Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, legislative counsel for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office under the Daley Administration and the Midwest Advocacy Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Tiffany has also practiced law in private practice where she represented public utility companies, renewable energy companies, energy trade associations in regulatory proceedings. Tiffany believes that the impossible can be made possible with a team bonded by trust and dedication to advance a common cause. She lives in Chicago with her loving husband and two children, Alexander and Rilee.
Senior Director of Grassroots Advocacy
Tim leads Weedmaps’ grassroots campaigns nationwide, working to empower cannabis patients, consumers, and entrepreneurs to speak their truths to power and help shape laws that allow safe access and fair business opportunities. Prior to joining the Weedmaps team in 2018, he managed public affairs campaigns aimed at ending state prohibitions on sports betting and daily fantasy sports. Tim earned a master’s in political management from George Washington University and is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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