Caitlein Ryan,Central Washington Grower's Association
Q1: What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to us?
I came to The Cannabis Alliance two years ago after helping The Central Washington Growers Association for three years. It was clear to me that The Alliance aligned with the philosophy of CWGA by supporting the cannabis industry in all facets across the state of Washington. I am excited by the legislative agenda as well as outreach to the LCB in the best interest of farms and retailers as well as ancillary businesses. Equally importantly, The Alliance has a strong commitment to medical patients and providers. The Alliance has an objective of building community in the industry that respects our membership's needs that connects us to partnerships with community agencies who can be allies to our mission of being "Dedicated to the advancement of a vital, ethical, and sustainable cannabis industry."
Q2: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
I think the a good board member takes on a collaborative responsibility of the leadership of the organization. That includes attendance to board meetings, outreach to members, attendance and assistance in special events, and creative problem solving when needed.
Q3: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
As one of the founders of the Central Washington Growers association I was board president for two years. I have also served as board president of my own tier three producer processor for a time. Last, but not least, I have been an adjunct board member for The Cannabis Alliance for the last two years.
This last year I have worked closely with The Alliance's legislative team and I have built some good relationships with legislators, lobbyist and other organizations working on cannabis issues in Washington State. I've also been involved with the the National Cannabis Industry Association as well as sister organizations in Arizona, Oregon and Massachusetts. Outside of political groups, I have a close relationship with the arts community in Seattle and community organizers in Central Washington.
Q5: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
I am. I believe it is easy to find ways to explain to potential donors why this organization is crucial to the development of the accomplishments The Alliance has already achieved, as well as upcoming initiatives.
Q6: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
In truth, no. Having served as an adjunct for the last two years, I have been excited and energized by the development in the time I have been in that capacity and I look forward to move into a greater role of responsibility.
Q7: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
Serving on the board it helps me better serve my local organization of the Central Washington Growers association. It also allows me to be of service to individual groups and organizations find pathways to their own success. This serves my own interest in the industry, however it serves the industry as a whole.
Q8: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
I began in the industry as an owner of a Tier Three Grow in Chelan County. Once all farms in the county came under attack, I realized my role was in advocacy, not just to save my farm, but all farms in the area. The more I learned about the diversity in our small area, I began to understand that local fights won't survive their fights without support at the state level. It's been a circuitous route, but I now know I am passionate about ensuring a diversity in the market and working towards legislation and regulation that protects patients, burgeoning businesses, and larger, ethical businesses.
Q9: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?
Other than being a mom of 4 children, I enjoy a fairly autonomous callendar.