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Appointed by City of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti in August of this year, Ms. Cat Packer serves as the city’s first, Executive Director of the Department of Cannabis Regulation. Most recently, Packer served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), where she worked to ensure the successful & equitable development and implementation of California’s evolving cannabis laws and policies.
Within her role, Packer championed responsible regulation, industry diversity and reinvestment in communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition. Prior to joining DPA, Packer served as the Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, Drug Policy Action’s social justice driven campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Packer is an alumna of The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Policy & Management and a Juris Doctor.
In February 2016, Governor Brown appointed Chief Ajax as the first Chief of the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control. Prior to her appointment, Chief Ajax served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level. Ajax spent ten years in private industry prior to her state government career. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.