Our Team

We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as sort of executive officer for the week, but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two thirds majority in the case of external matters, to ensure we do not hang on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.

John A. Kelly

John has been in private practice as an attorney in Sonoma since 2003, generally handling probate, real estate, and small business matters, including litigation. John graduated from UC Berkeley’s law school in 2002, where he was the Co-Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and where he earned the Jurisprudence Award in Copyright Law. Before becoming an attorney, John developed technical expertise working as a webmaster for a software startup, and as a web developer for a commercial finance company.

John graduated from UCLA in 1997, with degrees in history and political science, earning his Bachelor's degree in three years. He graduated from Santa Rosa's Cardinal Newman High School in 1994, where he was all-league as a linebacker, and captain of the defense for the Cardinals' football team.  John is a regular player of recreational soccer, and enjoys watching football, drinking wine with his winemaker wife Gianna, and laughing at the ridiculous antics of their three daughters, Siena (10), Allegra (8), and Margaux (1).

Erin B. Carlstrom

Erin obtained her undergraduate degree from Yale and her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law. From 2008-2015 Erin was in private practice which included personal injury settlements for medical malpractice victims, emergency services technology, and land and water use. Erin served as a national committeewoman on the Young Democrats of America from 2009-2013 when she was elected as Executive Vice President of YDA and served from 2013-2015. In 2012 Erin was elected as a councilwoman for the City of Santa Rosa. Erin was elected by her peers to serve as the youngest vice mayor in Santa Rosa history; from 2012-2014. While serving on the City Council, Erin played an instrumental role in taking up President Obama’s green challenge by enacting landmark legislation on local power generation, legislation protecting pedestrians and cyclists, and community climate action plans, expanding patient access to medical cannabis and championing issues for women and children. In 2019 Erin was appointed to the Northbay Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, the nations first apprentice program for cannabis and hemp. Erin has worked in land use and cannabis since 2015, guiding clients through startup, financing, mergers and acquisitions as well as compliance, intellectual property and operations. She has been responsible for major project entitlements throughout California and her successes have lead to several national speaking engagements

Brian A. Noble

Brian brings 18 years of experience as a lawyer to KCN. He graduated from Loyola Law School, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from St Mary’s College of California. Brian has been in private practice since 2009, which included winery and cannabis law, banking law, business law, commercial litigation, employment law, as well as estate planning and trusts. He has been an active presenter for the Richard M. Sangster Inns of Court since 2005. Brian has served on the board of directors of the Sonoma County Children’s Museum, and has been general counsel for the Active 20-30 US & Canada. Brian was elected President of the Active 20-30 Santa Rosa #50 chapter in 2014. In 2015 Brian was recognized for his community engagement and awarded a 40 under 40 award recipient by the NorthBay Business Journal. Brian is also an owner of Christopher Creek Winery in Healdsburg California.

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