Government Affairs Program

For the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, advocacy on public policy issues is a core function, carried out by its government relations team to promote and protect the interests of the Humboldt County cannabis industry it represents.


  • Serve as a unified voice for HCGA's membership.

  • Engage and impact State legislation, regulation and
    public policy

  • Provide a platform for members' participation in a democratic process

  • Education and inform public policy makers and influencers with its specialized knowledge and expertise

HCGA government relations professionals monitor proposed legislation and regulations to evaluate their impact on members. Information is presented to the membership during weekly Industry Affairs calls and via its online communication platform for group discussion and feedback. The Policy Committee, an elected and appointed decision-making body, votes to direct HCGA’s policy positions. HCGA staff implements the directives of the membership, and manages HCGA’s lobbying activities. Staff implements grassroots advocacy programs that engage members in communicating the organization’s message to policymakers. 

Policy Committee Members

Chairperson, Kaylie Saxon, HCGA Board Member

District 1, Tyler Safier, Safier Family Farm

District 2, Alexis Huber, Humboldt Highline Nursery

District 3, W. Maple Aguilar, Emerald Family Farms

District 4, Stephen Gieder, The Ganjery/ Ganjery Distribution

District 5, Hannah Whyte, Emerald Queen Farms

Appointed, Nikolai Erickson, Full Moon Farms

Appointed, Mark Feldman, Proxima Investments

Appointed, Mohamad Alnakhlawi, Green Ox Distribution

Appointed, Nathan Voelckers, Cache Farms

Appointed, Alex Ozaki-McNeill, Flower Co.

HCGA Policy Committee

Policy Committee elections occur in February. Any active/current, plant-touching member of HCGA may nominate themselves for the Policy Committee. Members need to apply for a seat based on the County Supervisorial District in which their primary business is located (not the place of residence). HCGA “plant-touching” member businesses cast one vote for each district candidate.

  • Yearly election

  • Unlimited terms

The elected members of the Policy Committee represent the other business members within their district.

  • Votes to adopt policy strategic plan

  • Votes on policy positions for the organization

  • Policy Committee members must participate in the weekly Industry Affairs call.

  • The Policy Committee meets once a week by conference call to vote on discussed policy decisions.


Cell:  707-599-6670

427 F Street, Suite 213

Eureka, CA 95501

The Humboldt County Growers Alliance is a California mutual benefit, not-for-profit, trade association that is funded and owned by, and for its members

(EIN #82-0658286).