Updated: Jul 23, 2020
The Cannabis Consumer Policy Council would like to welcome its newest staff members, Randi Knots and Mathew Waldron.
Matthew Waldron, Special Initiatives Coordinator. Matthew is directly responsible for a wide variety of duties, including but not limited to: communications, social media, legal and policy research, content generation, developing webinars/podcasts, campaign management and more!
Matthew has over 3 years of extensive public service experience in the California State Capitol as the legal intern for the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, as well as a legislative aide for Assembly Business and Professions Committee member, Mike Gipson. Matthew’s work during this period consistently focused on cannabis consumer protections.
Matthew is currently employed by the University of California Hastings College of the Law as a Graduate Research Fellow where his projects investigating arbitration firms’ compliance with California State law, and advising the California Department of Public Health on approaches to enforcing flavored tobacco bans, were recently published.
Throughout Matthew’s professional career, he has volunteered his time and services with a variety of nonprofits, including those dedicated to advancing the civil and human rights of cannabis users.
Matthew received his Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) with a Government Law Concentration from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
Randi L. Knott, Director of Local Government Affairs. Randi is responsible for coordinating local government outreach and policy development.With over 20 years of experience in local government, public affairs and media/communications spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors, Ms. Knott takes power to persuade very seriously and actively uses her talents in pursuit of good public policy.
Before leaving the City of Sacramento in 2017, she spent 5 years as the City/s first Director of Government Affairs overseeing and implementing the City's State and Federal legislative agenda; leading the Team responsible for creating the legislative and regulatory framework for the City’s Office of Cannabis Policy & Enforcement and worked on policy issues focused on the new economy. The City of Sacramento’s Cannabis policy is seen as a model for cities throughout California. Since leaving the City Manager’s Office, she has helped several start-up and established cannabis firms obtain entitlements and successfully enter and stay compliant in the legal, regulated California Cannabis market providing local government affairs, compliance and communications consulting.
A former appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger to the State Council on Developmental
Disabilities, Ms. Knott served as Chair of the Legislative Committee for five years and Vice Chair of the Council. Ms. Knott has successfully advocated in the policy areas water, housing, community development, cannabis, hospitality, labor and employment, disability rights, and local government. Born and raised in New York, Ms. Knott has called Sacramento home since 2001.