|WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Hemp Roundtable, the hemp industry’s national business advocacy organization, today announced the hiring of Russell Coleman, former United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, to lead its internal efforts to hold the organization, its members, and the industry to the highest ethical standards. Coleman served as U.S. Attorney from 2017-2021, after previously serving as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during which he was deeply involved in the development of national hemp policy, including the landmark 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. He also served as an FBI special agent for five years earlier in his career.
Coleman will be charged with ensuring that the Roundtable’s members and directors comply with the organization’s rigid ethics policy which can be found here. Additionally, Coleman will serve as a liaison for the hemp industry to law enforcement officials across the country, a role he played in the early days of the Roundtable while in private practice.
“We are thrilled to have Russell Coleman rejoin the U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s team after his meritorious service to our country as a federal prosecutor,” stated Jonathan Miller, the Roundtable’s General Counsel. “Russell has modeled integrity and character in decades of public and private sector service, and both his example and his experience will help ensure that we have an industry for which we can be proud.”
“I’m excited to take on this critical role for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable,” said Coleman. “As a new industry that’s faced continuing challenges, it’s ever more important that we demonstrate our commitment to promoting strong legal and ethical values. I am humbled to assist the U.S. Hemp Roundtable as it strives to be an exemplar of organizational integrity.”