Deputy Director of Public Policy
Rachel Kurtz-McAlaine is deputy director of public policy for the National Cannabis Industry Association, working to build bridges for more effective advocacy. She began her career 15 years ago with the King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project and Voluntary Committee of Lawyers working with bar associations around the country to encourage examination of our drug policies. She later settled into law practice, assisting cannabis businesses in licensing and compliance. Rachel has witnessed the implementation process and outcomes of the regulated adult use industries in Washington and Oregon, and is now honored to be with NCIA because of its important work of reform at the federal level. She has worked with the speaker committee for Seattle Hempfest for 15 years and now serves on the board of directors. She previously served on the boards of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, Portland Norml, and the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance. Rachel is a lifelong Army brat and nomad, currently living in Denver but considers the Pacific NW her home.