Joanna Monroe

Executive Director 

Joanna Monroe is an attorney and community and business leader with a proven track record of  bringing diverse groups together to achieve a common goal. 

With over 25 years of corporate, government relations and nonprofit experience, Joanna is passionate about promoting and protecting business. In 2018 she left her corporate career as the Chief Compliance and Risk Officer in a $3B publicly traded company to explore her interest in the cannabis industry. Since that time she has consulted with cannabis companies to reduce risk and unleash business growth.

“As executive director of the Craft Cannabis Coalition, my number one goal is to maintain an environment where many small producers and processors can thrive, by educating stakeholders about the positive impact we make and the need to pass laws to strengthen, not damage our industry.”

Sheley Anderson

Policy Advisor

Sheley Anderson is an attorney, community leader, and human rights activist. She brings over 15 years experience in promoting and protecting individual rights, and fighting for social equity. 

As a criminal defense attorney, Sheley has seen first hand the devastating impact the failed war on drugs has had on families and communities. She is eager to to partner with other leaders to drive policies that will empower impacted communities to rebuild.

"Building power from the roots up requires policy making that reflects the voices of those impacted. I enjoy bringing marginalized voices to the decision making table." 

Chris Marr

Regulatory Advisor

Chris Marr is a contract lobbyist and government affairs consultant, specializing in Washington's regulated cannabis industry. He is a former board member of the Washington LCB and a former state senator.

Chris' clients include more than thirty licensed marijuana enterprises in all three tiers. Chris’ skills have been honed by 30 years of experience as a successful CEO and decades of leadership in the public sector, putting him at the center of significant statewide public policy initiatives over the past two decades.

Chris is a devoted distance runner and has run over 45 marathons. He is also an avid music collector and world traveler in his spare time.

T.K. Bentler

Government Relations

T.K. received a Bachelor of Sciences in Political Sciences from the University of Washington in 1985.  He is a former employee for the U.S. Senate and State House of  Representatives and has worked on statewide initiative campaigns and local races.

He is a past board member on the Washington Research Council, United for Washington’s CSC (Washington’s Business PAC) and the National Association of Convenience Stores’ Legislative Committee.

T.K. enjoys snow skiing, boating, gardening, and water skiing.

Samantha Craig

Membership Manager 

Samantha Craig is the Membership Manager with the Craft Cannabis Coalition. She studied at Pacific Lutheran University before establishing her career in the cannabis industry four years ago. She has deepened her knowledge throughout that time by working in three retail establishments, including one of the highest grossing stores in the state.

"My personal and professional investment in the cannabis industry guarantees my dedication to the growth of our coalition, member businesses and industry."

Chris Gleason

Communication Strategist

Chris Gleason has worked in public relations and communications for more than 20 years. She works with organizations to identify communication goals and develop messages and tools that meet them.

Chris' background includes working in the nonprofit, government and corporate fields. 

"I am thrilled to work with this coalition that brings together people with many different perspectives to meet a common goal: ensure small- and medium-sized cannabis businesses can continue to thrive in Washington state." 

Kelsey Holstrom 


Kelsey is a newcomer to the cannabis industry, joining the Northwest Cannabis Solutions team in early 2020. She is appreciated for her proofreading skills, her quick learning and adaptability and her fresh insight into regulatory issues. Kelsey grew up off the grid in the mountains of Southwest Colorado before heading west to attend the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she earned her combined Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science in Agroecology & Geochemistry. Most recently, Kelsey managed her parents' farm in Colorado before returning to Washington for its temperate climate and economic opportunities. She looks forward to deepening her experience and expertise in this valuable industry.

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