President, Riverview Farms
Michelle Hackett is president of Riverview Farms (RVF), a fully integrated cannabis company in Salinas, Calif. Riverview Farms is female-minority-owned, and 75% of the company’s workforce is minority women. Riverview Farms, established in 2016, was is the first operation in the Salinas Valley to receive an exemption to grow cannabis within Monterey County. Hackett, who was first exposed to agriculture in college, continued her path by joining her father and RVF Founder Mike Hackett in 2017 running the company’s sales division. She eventually took over the company’s full operation with her sister, Lauren. During her tenure at RVF, Hackett has fostered connections with some of the largest brands, distributors, and retail outlets in the state, and her “take-no-prisoners” attitude and drive has helped her break barriers and continue to challenge county regulators to improve its rules and guidance for cannabis operators. Hackett holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif.