Andrew Freedman is Co-Founder and Partner of Freedman & Koski, a consulting firm founded by experts with hands-on government experience effectively implementing voter-mandated legalized recreational and medical marijuana while protecting public health, maintaining public safety and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children.
Andrew Freedman holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Tufts University and, in 2010, earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Upon law school graduation, Freedman joined John Hickenlooper’s campaign for governor – and was tapped to serve as Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s Chief of Staff. During his time with Garcia, the Lieutenant Governor’s office won a $45 million Race to the Top Grant for early childhood education, created the Office of Early Childhood, helped pass the READ act and collaborated with Mile High United Way to create the Colorado Reading Corps. In 2013, Freedman left the Lieutenant Governor’s office to become the Director of Colorado Commits to Kids, the Yes on 66 campaign – the largest effort to date to overhaul Colorado’s education funding system. In 2014, Freedman was appointed as the state’s first Director of Marijuana Coordination. As Director, Freedman’s mission was to ensure the efficient and effective regulation of Colorado’s retail and medical marijuana while promoting public health, maintaining public safety and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children. In January 2016, Freedman launched a consulting firm, Freedman & Koski, LLC, to share lessons learned in Colorado with other states that have legalized marijuana. Freedman & Koski's mission is to ensure the successful and responsible implementation of legalization across the U.S.