Steve Fox, Co-founder & Strategic Advisor
Steve Fox is co-founder and chief lobbyist for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Steve is co-founder, former executive director, and current board member for SAFER – a non-profit dedicated to changing the image of cannabis in America. Additionally, Steve is co-author of Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink?, a popular book about cannabis. Steve also served as the National Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, where he has worked for more than seven years. There, he has built support for cannabis policy reform in Congress and has coordinated statewide ballot initiatives, including Arizona's medical cannabis initiative in 2010 and the 2012 Colorado campaign to regulate cannabis like alcohol.
Steve holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Steve works and lives in Washington, DC.
F. Aaron Smith, Co-founder & Executive Director
Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation in the state capitol and among the voting public. Aaron’s opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has been a frequent commentator on national television news networks. Aaron is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.
Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations
Michael Correia is Director of Government Relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. His focus is raising awareness and building support for NCIA issues in Congress. In addition, Michael works with other national organizations to increase the cannabis industry profile nationally. 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. A campaign veteran, he has worked and volunteered on numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels over the past two decades. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. A native of San Diego, he resides in Washington, D.C.
Betty Aldworth, Deputy Director
Betty Aldworth is the deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association and chair of NCIA's Women's CannaBusiness Network. Since 2009, Betty has specialized in community outreach, public relations, advocacy, and policy reform as a consultant to cannabis-related businesses and nonprofit organizations. Prior to transitioning to work in medical cannabis and marijuana policy, Betty was a volunteer leadership professional with some of Denver's most well-respected nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado's successful Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the collaborative committee responsible for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults in Colorado. Betty lives in Denver, CO and Washington, DC.
Brooke Napier, Membership & Events Coordinator
Prior to joining NCIA, Brooke served as the Outreach and Events Coordinator for medical cannabis patient-advocacy group Americans for Safe Access where she facilitated the organization’s first national conference. Brooke has also been instrumental in program development as an intern for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, where she coordinated the first round of mentors & mentees of the Sister-to-Sister program and continues to volunteer as the director of development & special projects for the AMPLIFY project. She also led a statewide medical cannabis amnesty campaign in Virginia from 2011 to 2012. Brooke currently resides in Denver, Colorado.