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Cat Packer ‘15 named 2020 Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award

October 2, 2020 | Alumni

The Moritz College of Law Alumni Society has named Cat Packer ‘15, the 2020 Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award recipient. The award is granted to an individual who has graduated from the Moritz College of Law within the past 10 years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or loyalty to the college community.

Appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Cat Packer is the first Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation. Within this role, Packer leads the licensing and regulation of commercial cannabis activity within the City of Los Angeles and furthermore, manages the implementation of the City’s cannabis related policies and programs. Prior to joining the City of Los Angeles, Packer served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she worked to ensure the successful and equitable implementation of various cannabis policy reforms. Before this role, Packer served as Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, a social justice-centered campaign in support of the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Packer is an alumna of The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Policy & Management and a Juris Doctorate.  Cat always makes time for her alma mater returning regularly to Moritz for events and forging partnerships with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center as a friend and advisor. Her willingness to engage with law students and alumni has been beneficial in many ways.