New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, President Emeritus
Scott Rudder is a veteran, former New Jersey State Legislator, former mayor, and brings with him over a decade of Fortune 100 corporate experience.
Scott currently serves as a partner at Burton Trent Public Affairs, where he works on a multitude of issues ranging from transportation to energy, to the environment, to cannabis industry development, and more.
In addition, Scott is the founder and President Emeritus of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, New Jersey’s first and largest cannabis trade association, serving as its president for four years. Under Scott’s leadership, the NJCBA led cannabis reform efforts to increase patient access to cannabis as a medicine as well as promotions to end outdated stigmas and stereotypes associated with cannabis prohibition. In addition, Scott helped lead efforts to pass New Jersey’s cannabis reform efforts via referendum in 2020. His leadership helped put an end to cannabis prohibition and create a path for expungement for those who were previously arrested for simple cannabis possession.
In addition to his 16 years as an elected official, Scott worked in senior staff positions to include working for a Member of Congress, Governor of New Jersey, Speaker of the General Assembly and served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for New Jersey Transit.
Scott also spent 13 years as a Business Development executive with Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest defense contractor. At Lockheed Martin, Scott led domestic and international business development campaigns that included missile defense, Special Forces technologies, as well as energy programs.