Andrew Kline leads public policy efforts on behalf of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), striving to prepare and protect the state-legal cannabis industry. NCIA is the oldest (10 years) and largest (nearly 2,000 members) trade association for the state-legal cannabis industry.
Kline has a deep and celebrated background in public policy, law enforcement, and coalition creation/management. He is renowned for his ability to create solutions to complex domestic and global public policy issues that appeal to both private and public constituencies.
Kline most recently served as President of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB), the first self-regulatory organization for the high-growth cannabis industry. Prior to joining the NACB, Kline served as a federal prosecutor for fourteen years. He also served as a policy advisor to then-Senator Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to Vice President Biden, and to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC). Kline also served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordination in the Executive Office of the President [Obama] where he led public-private partnership and public policy efforts to address online trademark theft, copyright infringement, consumer safety, national security, and the protection of domestic business interests globally. Kline also previously worked an Executive in Residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs where he taught graduate-level courses in Administrative Law and public-private partnerships.
Mr. Kline is a member of the Board of Directors for the mountain west regional chapter of the Anti-defamation League and is a mentor for Canopy Boulder Accelerator. He is admitted to the California, Colorado and District of Columbia Bars, and also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.