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Lara specializes in program development and works to strengthen nonprofit organizations by creating educational opportunities, building positive organizational cultures, and facilitating and strengthening strategic partnerships. She has produced a wide array of programming for the cannabis industry from educational seminars to the annual Washington State Cannabis Summit, an event that brings together industry experts from around the nation, now in its 6th year.
Prior to her work in the cannabis industry Lara worked in video and film production, video editing, design, theatre production and art direction. She worked as a projection designer for 5th Avenue Theater, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theater and the Arizona Theater Company.
Lara Kaminsky is an Executive Director, policy expert and creative strategist with more than a decade of experience at 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations. She is a Co-Founder & previous Executive Director of The Cannabis Alliance a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of a sustainable, vital and ethical cannabis industry. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Lara was the Program Director for The Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics a non-profit organization developed in 2010 with a focus on education and industry standards. 
Lara has worked in the nonprofit sector in Seattle for over 20 years. She received a Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership from Seattle University with a focus on non-profit management, community organization and dynamic leadership. Lara is devoted to the nonprofit sector and has a strong desire to improve the quality of life for our region and our communities.