Colleen Lanier

Executive Director, Hemp Industries Association (HIA)

Colleen K. Lanier began promoting the hemp industries in 2013 when she coordinated with the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) to launch the first state chapter in Tennessee. As a former legal assistant turned publishing and marketing coordinator for a water and wastewater trade association, Colleen dedicated her expertise to execute a successful strategy to legalize hemp in Tennessee. The campaign included a widely shared educational component on social media that reached 20 million people. In 2014, Vote Hemp recruited Colleen as National Outreach Coordinator. She served on the advisory committee to the Tennessee Department of Ag in the development of their hemp program. She's worked with activists, policy writers, regulators, legislators and industry stakeholders to identify pathways for the hemp industries nationwide.

In 2017, Colleen became Executive Director of the HIA. She works with the Board of Directors to lead the vision and execute strategies for the association. Colleen led the engagement with Hoban Law Group to facilitate swift board action resulting in HIA v. DEA III. Colleen is working to establish a legal defense fund for the industries and envisions the normalization of hemp farming and the crops' commodities in the marketplace and the home.