Advisory Board Members + Sponsor Partners

Nate Bradley
Policy Director
Mr. Bradley is the Policy Director and co-founder of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA). He is responsible for public policy, advocacy, and political strategy at the state and local levels. Mr. Bradley is highly skilled in creating campaign messaging, demographic targeting, and public policy development.

Before joining CCIA, Mr. Bradley was the President of BCI Solutions, a Medical Cannabis Strategic Consulting firm. He is considered an “outside the box” strategist whose hard-driving style has earned him a reputation as one of the leaders in California's cannabis industry.

Mr. Bradley’s served as a spokesman and advisor to the Yes on Prop 19 Campaign and was a public policy advisor to CSPARC (Committee for Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis) in Sacramento County, California.

He has represented his clients interests before government bodies, while developing numerous contacts in state and local government. Mr. Bradley is often sought out to provide policy advice to public officials from around the state. He has consulted with numerous California lawmakers throughout the state and local levels and has testified on of behalf of legislation being introduced into the California State Legislature.

In 2010 Mr. Bradley founded Lawmen Protecting Patients, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization consisting of retired and disabled members of the law enforcement community who have become medical cannabis patients and now advocate on their behalf.

Mr. Bradley also brings with him 10 years of education and experience in law enforcement and defense investigation. He has worked as a city Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff and Criminal Defense Investigator. During his time in law enforcement he received extensive specialized training and has conducted numerous criminal investigations.
Co-founder and CEO of ELLO
Evan is the co-founder and CEO of ELLO, a full service professional services firm, providing accounting, tax, compliance and advisory services to the cannabis industry. He is also the founder and Managing Director of Casa Verde Capital, a venture capital firm that makes early stage investments in innovative and fast-growing ancillary businesses in the emerging cannabis industry. Evan is also the co-founder of Flower Shop, a Los Angeles based branding and marketing agency dedicated to the cannabis industry. Prior to his involvement in the cannabis industry, Evan spent 11 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising Fortune 100 and emerging growth companies. Evan specialized in Marketing, Finance and Operations and Information Management at the world-renowned Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Evan is also the President of the Wharton Club of Southern California.
Hezekiah Allen
Executive Director, California Growers Association
Hezekiah Allen was born and raised off the grid in Southern Humboldt County. A lifelong cannabis grower, turned policy advocate and community organizer, Allen is a leading subject matter expert on cannabis regulation in California. As the Executive Director of the California Growers Association, Hezekiah has worked in coalition with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, local governments, law enforcement and other non traditional stakeholders to develop and pass more than a dozen pieces of cannabis legislation. These accomplishments in Sacramento have helped to sustain rapid growth of the association and Cal Growers now has more than 1,000 members and partnerships with more than a dozen local level cannabis business groups. Allen is a champion for social justice, small farms, local businesses and sustainable economies.
Ariel Clark
Chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force
Simply speaking, Ariel Clark is a visionary. In 2008, when the idea of a cannabis business attorney was routinely considered an oxymoron, she dedicated her practice to this emerging industry. Since then, she has not only seen but helped guide the historic cultural and legal shift regarding cannabis. Be it protecting her clients’ rights or offering key legislative advice to governmental agencies, her intelligence, charisma, and tenacity has earned her a national reputation as one of cannabis’ most fierce and fair-minded advocates.

Over the years, Ariel has guided her clients through the ever-changing and complex labyrinth of rules, laws, and regulations governing medical and adult-use cannabis. These clients include licensed dispensaries, growers, and manufacturers in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan.

Her recent activities in California, her home state, is a case in point. California is estimated to contain 49% of the entire national cannabis market. But, to say the least, it is a fragmented market, with 58 counties and 482 cities, all demanding separate attention. Thus, in her efforts to help her clients develop complex political strategies, obtain permits and licenses under medical and adult use, set up proper corporate and business structures for their long-term success, and interface with essential local and state officials, she has had to develop a sensitivity not just to the state as a whole, but to the local communities that are determining the cannabis landscape.

This experience has been particularly visible in Los Angeles. By all accounts both the biggest and most chaotic urban cannabis market in the world, Ariel founded and became the Chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force. Dedicated to finding a workable alternative to Prop D, the Task Force’s mission included establishing fair regulations for each of the cannabis industry’s various components, protecting and promoting diversity of the cannabis industry, and creating an economic climate in which everyone, from the government to the citizenry, benefits.

Against considerable odds, the Task Force raised awareness through an aggressive grassroots organization and a series of Town Halls. As documented by the Los Angeles Times, this effort has led to the Task Force working directly with the City of LA in the ongoing effort to develop effective rules for permitting, zoning, and other regulatory issues.

Ariel earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an active member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, California State Bar, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She serves on the board of California NORML, the policy committee of the California Grower’s Association, and is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and the California Cannabis Industry Association.

Prior to founding Clark Neubert LLP, Ariel captained her own solo firm, which she started after practicing Indian law with California Indian Legal Services in their Oakland, Santa Rosa, and Eureka offices. This experience, as well as her personal background, has proven invaluable to the Indian nations and Indian-owned cannabis businesses the firm now represents.

Ariel is frequently asked to speak at various conferences and events and is regularly interviewed by the media, eager to find some clarity on issues such are racial and gender diversity in the cannabis industry, banking challenges, and often confusing and contradictory regulations. With the unmistakable authenticity of someone who has been in the trenches long before it was fashionable, she never disappoints.
Partner, ELLO, LLC
Hank has recently become a partner in ELLO, LLC, a professional services firm dedicated to the cannabis industry, serving as Chief Insights Officer. ELLO is affiliated with MGO CPAs and Advisors, a leading California accounting firm and a top 100 firm in the United States. Hank is the founder of The Henry Levy Group (HLG), founded in 1990. HLG obtained its first medical cannabis client in 1998. ELLO, along with the former HLG practice, has served over 600 clients in the industry throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, Nevada, D.C. and Michigan. Hank is a nationally-known speaker on accounting for cannabis clients, speaking on the 280E Reform Team with Steve DeAngelo (Harborside Health Center, Oakland) and Henry Wykowski, Attorney in the Champ and Olive tax court cases). Hank was an expert witness in the Olive Case in 2012, the Harborside Tax Court Case in 2016, and others. Hank has also been a speaker at other cannabis-based conferences and is often quoted in national news and cannabis trade publications. Most recently, he consulted to the John Oliver Show. Hank has held faculty positions at various colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area; he is regularly appointed by the Superior Courts of California as a forensic expert, business appraiser and referee in civil litigation and tax matters, and he holds credentials in business valuation and fraud examination, currently serving as a forensic and expert witness in cannabis industry litigation matters. Hank has been continually involved in professional and community service, including past President of the East Bay Chapter of California Society of CPAs, past Chair of the Local Advisory Board of the local Pacifica radio station, past member of the City of Oakland Business Budget Advisory Committee, current member of the Alameda County Assessment Appeals Board and current director on various nonprofit boards. He is trained as a professional mediator and he is a baseball umpire at the youth, high school, college and adult men’s levels.