Kim Rael

Member Since 2022

Kim Rael

CEO and President


Albuquerque, New Mexico Area

Kim is a passionate business leader, start up veteran and investor in innovation. She has extensive experience as an operating executive in both startup and Fortune 50 environments and as a venture capitalist. Kim is CEO of Azuca, the revolutionary edibles brand that makes innovative, fast-acting, great tasting, culinary cannabis available to everyone. We serve the world's leading cannabis brands AND the aspiring home chef and canna curious with our easy to use hemp CBD and cannabis ingredients. She has over 10 years experience investing in in early stage technology companies. As an investor and board member she has worked closely with entrepreneurs advancing innovations in innovative culinary technology, digital infrastructure, physical infrastructure, energy and water. Prior to her career as a venture capitalist, she co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a venture-backed advanced energy company. She also held numerous management positions at Intel, where she managed a $200 million capital budget and $1 billion program plan. She has focused on the intersection of innovation, growth, finance, operations and strategy. Her experience also includes a deep understanding of the public sector and the regulatory environment, including service as an Aide in the US Senate. Kim has broad experience on both corporate and community boards. Her corporate board experience has global perspective and spans multiple industries, including: cannabis, water technology, semiconductors, software-as-a-service, digital media, optics, hardware, banking, retail and advanced materials companies. She has served on and chaired active board committees including Audit, Compensation and M&A Committees. Kim served on and was an Officer on the New Mexico State Board of Finance (2003-2009) which included oversight of state bonding programs averaging nearly $900 Million annually. Kim is currently Vice President of the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico, a flagship University with an annual operating budget of $3B. Kim’s prior board service includes also includes Presbyterian Hospital ($1B Annual.) Her startup board experience includes oversight of company growth from $3M in revenue to over $100 M.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Start-Ups
  • Strategy



Azuca elevates ingestibles brands to present consumers with best-in-class, fast-onset edibles formulations. Our chef-created, patent-pending AZUCA TiME INFUSION™ Process transforms high-maintenance cannabinoids into fast-acting, stable, and delicious ingredients for edibles manufacturers looking to meet consumer demand for socially consumable ingestibles with a Delta-9-THC effect. Our formula, Thermodynamic individual Molecular Encapsulation (TiME), makes cannabinoid molecules water-friendly to enable faster uptake, which begins immediately in the mouth’s soft tissues. AZUCA TiME INFUSION™ bypasses the first metabolism effect and allows for faster-onset, dosable, Delta-9-THC edibles experiences. An edible made with AZUCA TiME INFUSION™ offers consumers a social and euphoric Delta-9-THC experience more akin to a cocktail or inhalable compared to the “couch-lock” experience. AZUCA TiME INFUSION™ is available in dozens of SKUs,and Azuca’s branded and co-branded THC products are available in select dispensaries across the US and Canada.


  • Cannabis
  • Edibles
  • Fast-Acting Edibles