Lori Ajax – Chief
Lori Ajax was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation on February 4, 2016. She was previously Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) where she had served in multiple positions since 1998, including Deputy Division Chief, District Administrator and Supervising Investigator. As Deputy Division Chief, assigned to the Department’s Headquarters Office, she oversaw several statewide programs. She began her career as an Investigator in ABC’s Santa Rosa District office in 1995 and then transferred to Sacramento to work in the Trade Enforcement Unit where she promoted to Supervising Investigator. In 2006, she was promoted to District Administrator assigned to the ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP) and the TRACE Unit. She then served as the District Administrator for ABC’s Sacramento, Yuba City and Redding District offices from 2007 through 2011, overseeing the licensing and enforcement operations of 20 counties in Northern California. Ms. Ajax also served as an Investigator at the California Fair Political Practices Commission from 1997 to 1998.
Ms. Ajax spent 10 years in private industry prior to her State government career. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association and the St. Sava Mission Foundation.
Alex Traverso — Chief of Communications
Alex Traverso was appointed Chief of Communications at the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation at the California Department of Consumer Affairs on November 1, 2016. He had been Assistant Deputy Director of Corporate Communications at the California State Lottery since 2008. He had also previously served as Communications Director in the Office of California State Assemblymember Lloyd Levine from 2006 to 2008; Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez from 2004 to 2006; Public Relations Manager at the California Exposition and State Fair from 2003 to 2004; and Assistant Press Secretary in the Office of the Governor from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Traverso earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Davis.
Tamara Colson – Assistant Chief Counsel
Tamara Colson was appointed Assistant Chief Counsel for the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation on May 4, 2016. She had been Assistant General Counsel at the California Department of Consumer Affairs since 2014. Previously, she was Chief Prosecuting Counsel at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from 2011 to 2014, Special Assistant Inspector General in the California Office of the Inspector General from 2006 to 2011, and an Administrative Law Judge at the California Office of Administrative Hearings from 2005 to 2006. Ms. Colson also served as Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1999 to 2005 and was an associate attorney at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard from 1997 to 1999. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law.