Best Visiting Activist

Rob Kampia, Marijuana Policy Project

When Rob Kampia, the 38-year-old founder of the fast-rising advocacy group the Marijuana Policy Project, decided he had to get the hell outta Washington, D.C., for a while, where did he turn? Austin. That's right, MPP Executive Director Kampia has made Austin his home base for most of the year. Kampia has been at the forefront of the medi-pot policy reform movement for just over a decade and his MPP – which has grown from three unpaid workers in 1994 to include a full-time staff of 31 – has been the force behind many of the pot-policy reforms since then. He's definitely an activist mover-and-shaker. And he definitely loves Austin.

Marijuana Policy Project
P.O. Box 77492, Washington, DC, 202/462-5747
www.mpp.org