Leadership

    The American Kratom Association is governed by a board of directors who establish and oversee the mission, policies, and programs executed on behalf of the organization by an Executive Director and efficient staff.

    Matt Salmon – Chairman of the Board

    Rep. Matt Salmon, who represented the 5th District of Arizona for five terms in Washington, has recently joined the American Kratom Association as its Board of Directors' Chairman.

    Salmon attended public school in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from ASU in 1981, and holds a Master of Public Administration graduate degree from Brigham Young University. He currently serves at Arizona State University as Vice President of Government Affairs since 2017.

    He spent 13 years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona, before being elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he rose to assistant majority leader and chairman of the Rules Committee before his election to Congress in 1994. Salmon served three terms before honoring a self-imposed term limit, leaving Congress in 2000, at which time he worked as a consultant to ASU on matters related to education policy. He returned to Congress in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014. Salmon was a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and speaks fluent Mandarin. Salmon has served as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and he has led numerous delegations to China.

    In 2016, Congressman Salmon led the effort to oppose the FDA's recommended scheduling of kratom made to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Salmon actively worked to convince a bipartisan group of 51 Members of Congress and 13 Senators to oppose the ban in kratom and his tireless efforts to protect consumer's freedom to make their own choices on the products they use to maintain their health and well-being is credited with helping convince the DEA to withdraw the Federal Register Notice that would have banned kratom.

    He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 40 years and are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

     

    David Carlucci- Senior Advisor on External Affairs

    David is an expert in state legislation and public policy and advises the AKA on legislative matters. Prior to joining the American Kratom Association, David Carlucci has been one of New York's most influential leaders in shaping Mental Health & Addiction policy as the Senate Mental Health Committee Chair and Co-chair of the Addiction Task Force. Passing 167 bills into law and significantly influencing regulations. Working with organizations, he has helped secure millions of dollars. Since he left office in January, he has continued to use his expertise to navigating government and get results effectively. Carlucci was recently recognized by New York City & State on the Mental Health Power 50 List.

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