Established in 2014, the American Kratom Association is committed to restoring full consumer access to kratom and to preserve and protect the freedom of consumers in the United States to make their own choices on their well-being and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  The American Kratom Association is a Virginia-registered non-profit corporation in good standing, operating as a 501 c(4).  Through the services of its Executive Director and a 3rd-party CPA, the AKA ensures its compliance with both State and Federal regulations through timely internal financial reconciliations and strict Board-adopted conduct policies.  We are committed to bringing confidence for each donor that their money is being spent wisely. 
It is only through the generosity of individual donors and volunteers that we have been able to fight anti-kratom legislation across the United States.  

The American Kratom Association was formed in 2014 and officially launched in 2015, to protect the right of all Americans to use the natural botanical Kratom for improved health and well-being. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a natural analgesic which has been used for hundreds of years to safely alleviate pain, combat fatigue and help with the effects of anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the spread of misinformation, both scientific and anecdotal, about Kratom has created a challenging regulatory environment. The American Kratom Association was formed to organize and represent a community of responsible consumers, provide the general public with clarification surrounding matters of health and wellness where Kratom could play an important role, educate lawmakers and regulators and support scientific research efforts.


On behalf of the growing numbers of Kratom users, including doctors, lawyers, teachers and law enforcement officers, The American Kratom Association works to help protect their ability to use Kratom for the purposes of improved health and well being.

The American Kratom Association has 5 main goals:


  1. Support Consumers. We believe many political and private entities don't make the needs of the consumer and constituents a priority. Our goal is to change that.

  2. Educate. Kratom has many beneficial purposes and is an all-natural alternative. Our goal is to educate all Americans—from potential consumers to regulators and everyone in between.

  3. Amplify. We represent thousands of Americans that each have a story to tell.

    We believe the current environment in the United States often does not listen to individual voices and together we will make our voice heard.

  4. Global Awareness. We hope to demonstrate responsible use and practical knowledge other countries may study when considering Kratom legislation.

  5. Protect Natural Resources. Kratom is a precious natural resource.

    We support and advocate for sustainable harvesting techniques and reforestation efforts. 



At the American Kratom Association (AKA), we feel very strongly that people who contribute to a non-profit organization have the right to know how their money is being spent.  With our mission being to protect the rights of individuals to consume kratom for improved health and well-being, we work hard to make sure every dollar is spent wisely. 

Allocation of Expenses

We are proud that the vast majority of contributions go toward activities that help keep kratom legal.  The AKA hired one of the top law firms in the country, an experienced lobbying team, and a public relations firm that all helped to push back the DEA and defeat anti-kratom legislation across the country. 

Our administrative costs this past year were one of the lowest in the industry and we are committed to continuing to run an efficient organization.

Financial Management  

The AKA has brought in a team of experienced individuals with a strong business and organizational management background to ensure that every dollar is properly accounted for and tracked.  In addition, regular financial reports are produced to ensure transparency and accountability. 

Through a robust management team, our goal is to provide the utmost confidence for every contributor. 


How we fund our mission

Funding to keep kratom legal comes from individual donors and from organizations whose interested in supporting our mission. We believe strongly in developing long-lasting partnerships with our contributors.

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Our Team

Dave Herman, Chairman of AKA Board

With a history of working in the non-profit space, Dave brings to the Board a wealth of experience and a track record of success. After 25 years as a Hotel Executive and Mortgage and Investment banker, Dave retired and began working in the nonprofit arena.  

Dave previously worked with a large 501c (4) nonprofit corporation, including serving as Executive Director and National Spokesperson. His experience includes previously testifying before the Congressional Energy and Commerce, Health subcommittee as an expert witness for the Prescription Drug addition to Medicare.  His speaking experience includes Nationwide Television, Regional Television, National Public Radio and Newspaper Editorial Board presentation and press conferences. 

Dave has also served in various senior management roles including: Chairman and CEO for a large 501c (3) nonprofit corporation, board member for the Patient Advisory Board for Genentech, member of the Novartis Power of Partnering group, and he also worked on patient advocacy programs with Alcon Labs.

Angela Ross, Treasurer and Secretary of the Board

As part of her nearly quarter of a century of business experience, Angela Ross worked in sales and marketing for over 10 years at an international manufacturing company based in Ohio. Ross started out her career at a database marketing firm, where she handled client relations for 14 years.


Ross has committed herself full-time to help manage the day to day operations of the American Kratom Association, where she also serves a board member. 


Ross resides in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, which, with 500 overdose deaths in 2016 alone, is ground zero for the national opioid epidemic. Ross has served witness to that epidemic and advocates for the many recovering opiate addicts whose lives have been made better by the botanical kratom. 

You can email Angela at angela.ross@americankratom.org

William Robin, Chief Technology Officer

Born in the United Kingdom and now residing in West Palm Beach, Florida, William “Will” Robin is a software engineer and solutions architect working for a large international company. Robin specializes in developing and implementing strategic technological plans and managing software and hardware development teams.

With the ability to develop software in 10 languages, Robin previously developed software solutions and served as an adviser to one of America’s largest independent media companies (Olympusat). Throughout his career, Robin has handled major projects for websites, apps and tech services firms.

Robin joined the AKA board following its inception in 2014 and also addresses the day-to-day tech requirements of the organization. 

Robin Graham, Board Member

Robin Graham has provided extensive training services to a variety of organizations, including the American Red Cross and private security firms. 


She holds degrees in data processing, business management and accounting.

A resident of Lewiston, Montana, Graham spent over a decade working with the American Red Cross in a variety of capacities that include fundraising, community outreach and disaster deployment.

In addition to her tenure with the American Red Cross, Graham has worked with other nonprofits for more than a quarter of a century, including the Girl Scouts of America. 

You can email Robin at robin.graham@americankratom.org

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.  Mr. Candland 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.  Mr. Candland 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 Pete at pete.candland@americankratom.org

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