Federal Regulatory and Legislative Director
With more than 17 years experience as a professional tobacconist and a cigar enthusiast, Mike Copperman is also a noted authority on the healthcare debate surrounding tobacco, and cigars specifically. As the owner of Bethesda Tobacco for a decade, Mike immersed himself in the political issues confronting the cigar industry. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), an active member of the IPCPR Legislative Committee, and former chairman of the Maryland Premium Cigar Retailers Political Action Committee.
Government and Regulatory Specialist and Director of Communications
Cody Carden’s specialties in the legislative arena are concentrated on international trade, agriculture, tax and regulatory policy. At CRA, Cody is responsible for work in the arena of legislative and regulatory affairs in the United States Congress, the administration and executive agencies. Additionally, Cody handles all aspects of communications including digital content, press releases, news alerts and newsletters for CRA. Prior to joining Cigar Rights of America, Cody was an associate at the law firm of Schramm, Williams & Associates. While at the firm, Cody co-authored a book on international trade, regulatory policy and programs for agricultural trade. Cody worked on the staff of former Senate Majority Leader William Frist (R-TN), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and at the Republican National Committee. Cody has a degree in political science from George Washington University.
Membership Director and Operations Manager
In 2016, Harrison Clark made his passion his career when he joined the CRA team. He is responsible for membership, event planning and the day-to-day operations of the office. He also represents CRA at cigar events around the country. Prior to joining CRA, Harrison taught Latin in public and private schools. He served eight years in the George W. Bush administration as the Director of Outreach and Communication for the U.S. Department of Education Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He also worked on numerous political campaigns and served as the Director of Administration for the Attorney General of Virginia. Harrison has been a lifetime member of CRA since 2009.