Jacqueline Ferraro is a Managing Director and Founder of the Cannabis Advisory Group (CAG), advocate, strategic advisor and business professional.
Ms. Ferraro entered into the New Jersey cannabis space in 2017, as an advisor in policy and advocacy accomplished at the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association. Ms. Ferraro was instrumental in spearheading several initiatives, which included trips for legislators to cannabis friendly states, to bridge the gap in a way that yielded meaningful progress in New Jersey’s medical cannabis program. Additionally, Ms. Ferraro collaborates on policy and best practices in the adult use and decriminalization bills. Ms. Ferraro’s cannabis work expands throughout the nation, advocating for best practices in several states. She has spent time on Capitol Hill advocating for both the SAFE Banking Act and MORE Act. Ms. Ferraro previously served as a strategic advisory for 4Front Ventures. In 2019, Ms. Ferraro was named by Insider NJ on their Insider 100, Cannabis Power List.
Prior to entering into the cannabis industry, Ms. Ferraro built a 19 year career in the corporate world, working her way up from Account Executive to Senior Vice President of Business Development, in the light industrial staffing field. Through hard work and perseverance, Ms. Ferraro successfully negotiated a $5 million contract with Colgate Palmolive, within the first few months into her work. This helped kick start her drive into high gear, as she went on to successfully obtain and manage tens of millions of dollars, in partnerships, with Fortune 500 manufacturing facilities and distribution centers. She is accustomed to precise needs assessment, innovative solution building, extensive domestic travel and the ability to foster long term professional relationships with CEO’s, SVP’s and VP’s. Ms. Ferraro holds a proven track record of building high-performing teams to exceed client expectations, generating results quickly and exceeding goals across the board.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Ferraro was bit by the political bug while volunteering, as a community organizer, on her first congressional campaign with Pascrell for Congress. As a campaign veteran, Ms. Ferraro has worked and volunteered on numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels, over the past two decades. Ms. Ferraro proudly participates in various New Jersey political campaigns such as, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, Andre Sayegh for Mayor and others, to help GET OUT THE VOTE. Additionally, her experience called to implement and execute on strategic volunteer efforts, fundraising and candidate branding. Ms. Ferraro’s passion, political awareness and ability to establish long term trusted relationships, provide her broad range to effectively navigate through state politics.
Ms. Ferraro is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, New York City Cannabis Industry Association and Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey. Ms. Ferraro served as moderator for cannabis focused panels for New Jersey Business Industry Association and the 2020 New Jersey Planning Conference – Cannabis: There’s No Place Like Home(rule).