Officers

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Justin Swanson
President

Justin Swanson, Vice President at Bose Public Affairs Group and Of Counsel at Bose McKinney & Evans, has developed a unique multi-dimensional government affairs practice that leverages his public policy expertise with traditional legal skills to effectively advance the interests of his diverse set of clients. Swanson is also co-founder and President of the Midwest Hemp Council, which is the leading trade organization that is working to build and connect the hemp supply chain in the Midwest.

Swanson has emerged as one of the country’s leading hemp lobbyists and hemp lawyers. He successfully led lobbying efforts to ensure the state would be the primary regulator of hemp production in Indiana after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Swanson also led a legal team that successfully challenged a state law that criminalized part of the hemp plant, which was the first of its kind legal question.

In 2019, the Indiana Lawyer recognized Swanson as an Up and Coming Lawyer, an award bestowed on just 15 attorneys each year. The Hemp Connoisseur also identified Swanson as “100 People You Should Know” in 2019. 


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Jamie Campbell Petty
Executive Director / Treasurer

Jamie Campbell Petty built her career as a successful litigation paralegal that continued to evolve over 20 years, while also volunteering in various service roles to support youth, as well as her own military community.  Jamie now resides on a small, but ever-expanding farm in rural Indiana, where she and her husband are learning to depend upon smaller living systems.

Jamie’s lifelong appreciation for agriculture shows in her countless victories for industrial hemp in Indiana and nationally.  Coupled with her desire to serve, Jamie founded the Indiana Hemp Industries Association (INHIA) in 2014 and assembled a strong team of volunteers.  INHIA became the recognized leader in education and networking.  

In 2018, Jamie teamed with long time hemp advisor, Alan Kimbell and Attorney Justin Swanson to form Midwest Hemp Council.  Through tireless effort, Midwest Hemp Council has successfully lobbied for Indiana’s hemp legislation, contribute to regulatory development and continues to support efforts to remove unnecessary barriers for Hoosier farmers. Jamie has fostered partnerships with Midwest agriculture leaders, while building out the Midwest Hemp Council that interconnects businesses, organizations and community outreach.   Midwest Hemp Council continues to educate and communicate, while focusing on building a strong economy in Indiana and beyond.

Along with serving as Executive Director for the Midwest Hemp Council, Jamie is a Policy Specialist at Bose Public Affairs Group.  She was named "100 People to Know in Hemp" by Hemp Connoisseur Magazine 2018.  Jamie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Hemp and the US Hemp Growers Association.

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Alan Kimbell
Secretary
Alan Kimbell is retired Vice President for Marketing, IWC Resources Corporation, Indianapolis, a water utility holding company sold in 1997 to NiSource, Inc. Prior business experience includes industrial sales assignments for A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company, and as an independent marketer of food ingredients, having established Indiana Marketing Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, in 1965.

After serving from 1969-1972 as Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis, he was elected to two terms in the Indianapolis City-County Council, 1972-1979. From 1980 to 1988, he served as Deputy Executive Director for Marketing, Indiana Department of Commerce, leading the Divisions of Agriculture, Industrial Development, International Trade, and Tourism. From 1989 to1993, Mr. Kimbell was a member of the USDA Agribusiness Promotion Council.

Mr. Kimbell is currently non-executive Chairman of Distribution Management Associates, Inc. Indianapolis, and serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Indians, Inc., Indianapolis' International League Baseball Club. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (1953), and is a 2004 recipient of a Distinguished Service Award in Food Science from Purdue University.