Lori Ajax


Lori Ajax is the Executive Director of the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), the state trade association representing California’s craft brewers. Prior to joining the CCBA, Ajax was appointed by then-Governor Brown to lead the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control to oversee California’s legal cannabis market. Ajax was responsible for creating and implementing California’s cannabis licensing and regulatory processes. She worked extensively with the Legislature and Governor’s offices, testified at legislative hearings, and managed diverse teams of managers and staff. Ajax started her career in alcohol as an agent with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in 1995, working her way through the ranks up to the position of Chief Deputy Director where she managed many of the ABC’s day-to-day operations. After more than 25 years of public service, Ajax is excited to re-enter the world of alcohol working with craft brewers, whom she has always admired and enjoyed.

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