Deputy Director of Government Relations at NCIA
Michelle Rutter Friberg is government relations manager for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to working for NCIA, Michelle was a research analyst at a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C.,
where she analyzed and tracked legislation on numerous issues. Michelle graduated from James Madison University in 2012, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. Since becoming involved in the cannabis industry more than five years ago, Michelle has spoken about federal policy at dozens of events, including the Cannabis Women’s Empowerment Summit, the National Cannabis Policy Summit, the Emerald Cup and the ArcView Group’s International Investor Forum. Michelle is also one of the Federal Relations Chairs of the National Cannabis Festival. A native Virginian, she currently resides in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Capitol Hill.