Gina Carbone is a co-founder of Smart Colorado, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting youth from marijuana. Appointed to serve on state and local task force panels, Carbone is a leading advocate for tighter regulations on marijuana policies, especially when it comes to commercialization and potency. She is a strong supporter of more education and prevention messages regarding the risks of marijuana, particularly for those under 21 years old.

Carbone has represented Smart Colorado on The Today Show, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, NPR and BBC, as well as interviews with Time Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and many other national and international media outlets.

Carbone previously spent more than a decade working in public affairs in Washington, D.C., and New York City. She worked on Capitol Hill for a number of years before representing several multinational organizations on international trade policy issues. She spent three years abroad, working in both Asia and South America.

Carbone has a B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC.

A third-generation Coloradan, she lives in Denver with her husband and their four boys. Carbone is an active member of her community who also serves in leadership and advisory positions on a number of local boards.