Our Mission

The Attorney General Alliance (AGA) began as the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), a 501c3 nonprofit organization and bipartisan group of 15 western states and three territories. Built on a foundation of fostering collaboration between western AG offices, CWAG has long maintained a focus on issues in the fields of Native American, natural resources, public lands, minerals, and energy law.

As our relationships grew and our organization matured, new partnerships were formed from all over the country, and transnational legal issues emerged around the world. Our interests and expertise necessarily ventured beyond the boundaries of the West.

By 2019, our network had expanded to 46 U.S. states and territories, and the scope of our mission had grown considerably. While we strove to maintain our traditional focus on western state issues, we recognized that emerging national and international legal issues could also benefit from AG collaboration.  CWAG formed the Attorney General Alliance (AGA) to meet address those issues.

CWAG continues to focus on issues of interest to the western states, while AGA takes on emerging issues like cannabis regulation, sports betting, and cybercrime. We continue to expand our international relationships through Rule of Law programing as the Alliance Partnership in Mexico and the Africa Alliance Partnership in Africa.

Together, we are an alliance of Attorneys General, federal, state, and foreign officials, and public and private sector partners throughout the world who come together to address complex issues in law and policy.

Our People

Karen White
Executive DIrector
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Tania Maestas
Deputy Executive Director
David Blake
General Counsel
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Frank Collins
Chief Financial Officer
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Alejandra Stephens
Director, Sponsorship, Membership & Events
Selene Collins
Administrative Director, Alliance Partnership
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Austin Bernstein
Director, Cannabis Project & Assistant Attorney General, Colorado
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Bruce L. Turcott
Legal Editor, Cannabis Law Deskbook, Cannabis Project
Tegan White
Coordinator, Meetings & Events
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Page Stiles
Program Assistant
Ricardo Balderrama
Program Coordinator, Alliance Partnership
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Patricia Salazar
Legal Assistant
Joy Orr
Administrative Assistant
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Clive Strong
Legal Director,Natural Resources & Environment, CWAG
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Clay Smith
Chief Editor, American Indian Law Deskbook, CWAG
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Fronda Woods
Assistant Editor, American Indian Law Deskbook, CWAG
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CWAG Executive Committee

Phil Weiser
Colorado Attorney General
CHAIRMAN
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Aaron Ford
Nevada Attorney General
2nd VICE CHAIR
Hector Balderas
New Mexico Attorney General
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
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AG Alliance Co-Chairs

Lawrence Wasden
Idaho Attorney General
CO-CHAIR
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Sean Reyes
Utah Attorney General
CO-CHAIR
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Karl Racine
D.C. Attorney General
CO-CHAIR
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