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Michelle Garakian

Assistant Executive Director

City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis

Biography

Michelle Garakian currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director- Policy, Education and Outreach City for the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR)

In this role, she works with the Executive Director of DCR to craft and track policy that will support the high-growth cannabis industry, manage and implement the Social Equity Program, liaise with the city partners, community and industry and manage DCR’s Policy and Community Engagement team

Ms. Garakian previously served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Director of Legislative Policy where she helped develop and implement a comprehensive approach to the Mayor’s legislative agenda, with particular focus on the LA City Council. Prior to this role, she was the Mayor’s Director of Business Development where she lead his business team who worked to find business solutions, big and small, to various challenges and turns lessons learned into macro business policy to enhance the City’s economy.

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