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.


    Jami Ziegler 

    Bio forthcoming 

    Chris Bake - Board Member

    Chris Bake began his career working for CSB Marketing and Management Corporation, specializing in direct marketing activities in the Washington DC area. After 16 years with the CSB organization, Chris entered the nutritional arena through Nutrition for Life. 

    While at Nutrition for Life, Chris became a strong advocate for non-traditional treatments and medicines, traveling around the world exploring different options for family members with serious illnesses. Chris believes deeply in the freedom of individuals to make their own decisions on their well-being. 

    For the last 15 years, Chris has built a successful organization as an independent Venture Capital Consultant. Chris brings to the Board extensive experience in organizational fundraising, partnership development, and creative solution development.

    Peter Candland - Executive Director

    Peter Candland is the Executive Director of AKA. Peter brings an extensive business background and is tasked to oversee the AKA contractors, managing day-to-day activities, and providing guidance for the overall strategic plan for the organization. Peter also brings the knowledge necessary to ensure financial compliance with the IRS and that every dollar received is spent accomplishing the mission of the AKA.

    You can email Peter at pete.candland@americankratom.org.

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