J. Skyler McKinley

Mr McKinley was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Legalizing Marijuana.

J. Skyler McKinley is deputy director of marijuana coordination for the State of Colorado. A fourth-generation Pueblo, Colorado native, McKinley graduated summa cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. with degrees in Journalism and Law & Society. He began his career consulting and in senior staff positions with political campaigns and nonprofits at the local, state, and national level. He then moved into government administration as a policy and communications adviser to members of House leadership in the Colorado General Assembly – where he received a formal commendation on the House floor for “extraordinary leadership” and “bringing new voices into the political conversation through pioneering work in new media.” McKinley contributed to the book Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change with former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel. He also worked as a writer and researcher under renowned investigative journalist and author Chuck Lewis at the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C. As Deputy Director of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Office of Marijuana Coordination, McKinley’s mission is to ensure the efficient, effective, and transparent implementation of the world’s first retail marijuana regulatory regime by coordinating public policy priorities and budget requests across state agencies.