Andrew Freedman is co-founder and Senior Director of Freedman & Koski, Inc. Andrew's first-in-the-nation consulting firm works with government, research institutions, communities and private businesses to get cannabis legalization right.
Andrew brings vast experience from his three years as the State of Colorado’s first Director of Marijuana Coordination. During this time, he developed distinctive experience effectively implementing voter-mandated legalized recreational and medical marijuana while protecting public health, maintaining public safety, and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children. Andrew’s role in developing a successful operating model for cannabis regulation and stakeholder collaboration was identified as one of the reasons for the State of Colorado’s success in implementing recreational marijuana legalizations by the Brookings Institution. Governor Hickenlooper has gone so far as to praise Andrew’s work while on national television, stating, “Andrew Freedman, who came in and helped us once it was passed . . . [has] done a remarkable job of creating a regulatory framework.” Andrew joined Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and was tapped to be Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia. In 2013, Andrew became the director of Colorado Commits to Kids, the largest effort to-date to overhaul Colorado’s education funding system, before being appointed as Colorado’s Director of Marijuana Coordination. Andrew has received national recognition for his leadership. He was recognized as one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2016 and featured on 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Governing Magazine, and dozens of local stories throughout the nation and internationally. Andrew holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Tufts University.