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CCG Adds Experienced Policy Expert to Analyst Team


The Castetter Cannabis Group is thrilled to announce the recent hiring of Kate Hruby, MPA, to the position of Lead Policy Analyst. A native New Yorker, Kate brings nearly eight years of combined experience in public policy research and analysis, legislative advocacy, report preparation, and professional writing to the policy analysis team.


About Kate:

Kate flew south after undergrad at CUNY Brooklyn College to begin her career in as an education journalist for The Index-Journal, a daily newspaper located in South Carolina’s Lakelands region. For her work at The Index-Journal, Kate received the 2014 First Place Award for Education Beat Reporting from the South Carolina Press Association.

Exposed to the benefits good public policy can have on a community through her journalism and seeking to make a greater impact, she then decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of South Carolina, where she was named a Max Holland and Mitch Sizemore Scholar by the South Carolina City and County Management Association, earning a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in 2018.

With SC Lt. Gov Pamela Evette at the 2020 WIPL Conference for SC Women in Leadership
Kate With SC Lt. Gov Pamela Evette in 2020

While in grad school, Kate worked for the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff as a policy researcher and data specialist and served as Research Director for the South Carolina Senate’s Family and Veterans’ Services Committee under Chairwoman Katrina Shealy. In 2019, Kate formed Strategic Palmetto, LLC, a South Carolina-based policy consulting company, specializing in data analysis and policy promulgation for small business and non-profit clients, including South Carolina Women in Leadership.


Expert Guidance for Small and Midsized Businesses

Kate will be joining our expert analyst team with a focus on helping small businesses, entrepreneurs, and priority applicants plan for the multi-billion dollar adult-use cannabis industry. With our unmatched understanding of the New York regulatory climate, CCG clients are best prepared for sudden changes and the complex application process.

"First and foremost, I’m here to help ensure the benefits of legalization are enjoyed by local New Yorkers and their businesses. Good public policy can change the world—navigating that policy successfully is the hard part."

Areas of Expertise:

  • Policy and Regulation Analysis

  • Parliamentary Procedure

  • Rulemaking

  • Municipal Governance


  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of South Carolina (2018)

  • Bachelor of Arts – Print Journalism and Political Science, CUNY Brooklyn College (2013)


  • United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS)

  • South Carolina City and County Management Association (SCCCMA)

Honors and Achievements:

  • 2017 South Carolina City and County Management Association Max Holland and Mitch Sizemore Scholarship Recipient

  • 2014 South Carolina Press Association Awards: First Place Education Beat Reporting, Daily Under 18,000 and Daily 18,000-45,000 combined category

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