Rick Kelley, Director of Operations
Rick served as Assistant Director of State Campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project from 2007 to 2009, overseeing the development and implementation of campaign and media strategies for the successful passage of Michigan’s medical cannabis law and a groundbreaking decriminalization effort in Massachusetts. Prior to this, he was senior staff on the 2006 Nevada statewide initiative, handling all logistics and fiscal operations.
Rick has worked as the Associate Director of Communications and Finance for Worksafe, an Oakland-based Legal Services Support Center dedicated to eliminating all types of workplace hazards, advocating for protective worker health and safety laws for low-wage and immigrant workers, and for improved remedies for those injured on the job.
Rick also contributed to the formation of a grassroots legal collective, the first in Minnesota, focused on empowering and supporting communities likely to be targeted for their political activism, as well as a coalition of support committees for those imprisoned before, during, and after the 2008 Republican National Convention.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Food Empowerment Project, a California food justice organization devoted to workers, animals, and communities, and helped in the creation of a prisoner support and letter-writing organization formed during the historic 2011 California hunger strike.