A rising tide lifts all boats. From the beginning, Caitlein understood to be an ethical participant in the industry meant that she would have to put her extensive background in activism, community development, and education to use. Six years later, with the formation of Sound Cultivation, Caitlein continues to work hard for a sensible adult use marketplace by working with businesses, organizations, legislators, and government agencies to develop policy that will shape the cannabis industry in Washington State and beyond.
When she’s not being a warrior for the plant she loves, Caitlein is spending time with her four kiddos baking and following their lead on creative projects. She’s often in her home garden with her beast of a chocolate lab, Eisenhower, or reading good fiction. In all things she’s always delighted to share the power of the plant!
Caitlein Ryan is the founder of Sound Cultivation, a cannabis political consulting solution in Washington State. Caitlein has a PhD from Arizona State University where she focused on arts education curriculum and assessment, qualitative research, social justice, and theatre history. When Washington passed ballot measure i502 legalizing adult-use cannabis, Caitlein became an early licensee and stakeholder in the new emerging market. In this new role, she applied her experience in arts education to the cannabis industry. She is a founding member and the first president of the Central Washington Growers Association, which focuses on community engagement and local government in Central Washington. Since the passage of i502, Caitlein has grown her scope of influence to the state and federal level with membership in the National Cannabis Industry Association, based in Washington D.C. and she is the President of the Board for The Cannabis Alliance.