Robert Baca is Executive Director of the Sacramento Cannabis Industry Association, an organization that brings together the cannabis industry in Sacramento to highlight the benefits the industry provides to the community it serves through tax revenue, thousands of living wage jobs and charitable giving. Robert has extensive experience working with cannabis businesses and operators including cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers and advises California decision makers on the cannabis industry and responsible cannabis related policies. He served as a member of the Banking and Finance subcommittee of the National Cannabis Industry Association and is an experienced speaker for cannabis panels and forums throughout the country.
A corporate attorney licensed in New York, Robert has almost a decade of Private Equity M&A and Corporate Finance experience from top Wall Street institutions including Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, and Goldman Sachs.
He has represented U.S. and foreign financial institutions including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, UBS, and RBC, private equity sponsors including KKR, Warburg Pincus, Blackstone, and Saw Mill Capital, and public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and commercial financings including secured and unsecured credit facilities, acquisition financings, syndicated loans, first/second lien and mezzanine debt facilities, and other general corporate matters.
Robert is committed to sensible cannabis related policies and regulations for business owners, decision makers, consumers, and our communities. He is a champion of equity and inclusion efforts in the industry and seeks to advance efforts made by local jurisdictions to promote an equitable and diverse industry. He has extensive experience navigating highly regulated industries and guiding clients through complex transactions. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School. Robert serves as an Advisory Board member of the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project.