Joy Beckerman, board president of the California-headquartered HIA, told Hemp Industry Daily that Ryann Hinch, the organization’s current campaign director, will step in as interim operations manager to support the association through its leadership transition.

Colleen Keahey Lanier, who since 2017 has led the national Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a nonprofit trade organization focused on education, industry development and expansion of the U.S. and international hemp markets, told Hemp Industry Daily she is stepping down as executive director and leaving the group effective immediately, “with a grateful heart and optimism for HIA’s future.”

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Hemp association searching for new leadership as executive director steps down