Senior Policy Director, CCIA
Amy O’Gorman Jenkins has more than twenty-two years of experience in legislative, public affairs and political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. She has specific expertise in matters involving local government, revenue and taxation, water policy, environmental regulation, consumer product safety, and cannabis policy reform. She also spent more than ten years working in local government.
For the past four years, she has been directly involved in the development of cannabis policy both in her capacity as a chief of staff to State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), who authored landmark cannabis legislation in 2014, and more recently as a legislative advocate for several clients within the cannabis space, including the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA).
In that capacity, she played an integral role in the negotiations that led to the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) in 2015. Among her accomplishments, Amy leveraged her local government and law enforcement contacts to help build an unprecedented coalition of support for the MCRSA.
In the final two weeks of the 2015–2016 Legislative Session, Amy successfully advanced Assembly Bill (AB) 2679 (Cooley), which set new standards for manufacturers of cannabis concentrates and provides critical protections to locally permitted manufacturers from prosecution under state law.
This year, Amy worked with the Brown Administration and Legislative Leadership to advance critical industry priorities that were ultimately amended in to Senate Bill (SB) 94, the budget trailer bill on cannabis regulation to merge the medical and adult use frameworks. Priorities included the elimination of cross-licensure restrictions, the elimination of the independent distribution requirement and modifications to the owner/applicant definition. She also organized the Cannabis Business Coalition, leveraging key business associations to help advance these priorities.
At the local level, Amy has been working with the City of Sacramento to expand the City’s existing dispensary ordinance to permit cannabis cultivation, delivery, laboratory testing, and manufacturing within the city limits.
In addition to her legislative work in Sacramento, Amy spent almost nine years in local government, first as a director for the League of California Cities’ nationally recognized grassroots program, and later as the Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs Officer for the County of Solano. During her tenure at the League, Amy led a team of seventeen professionals through several successful statewide ballot measure campaigns to protect local government revenues and authority.