CEO, Ascend Mass.
Andrea J. Cabral is the CEO of Ascend Mass, a vertically integrated, Massachusetts medical and adult recreational use cannabis company.
Andrea’s leadership in Ascend follows a 28-year career in government and public service. She served as the Commonwealth's Executive Secretary of Public Safety in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick where she oversaw 14 statewide public safety agencies, including the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Correction, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Parole Board and the Massachusetts National Guard. From 2003 to 2013, she was the twice-elected Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’ history.
As an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 2002, Andrea was Chief of Suffolk County’s first major felony Domestic Violence Unit, Senior Prosecutor for all civil rights cases and Chief of District Court and Community Prosecutions. She authored the state's first continuing legal education manual on restraining orders and is also a former Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.
Andrea is an Eisenhower Fellow and served for 3 years as one of 18 national experts appointed to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. She is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy and the Governing Board of the Mass Mentoring Partnership and currently sits on the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly Board of Editors.
In 2017, she was appointed by Attorney General Maura Healey to the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Advisory Board.
Andrea also provides weekly commentary and legal analysis on WGBH Boston Public Radio.
She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.