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Nakisha Skinner Joins MGC as Licensing Division Chief

In November of 2020, the MGC named Nakisha Skinner as its new Licensing Division Chief.

In her role, Skinner oversees vendor and employee licensing and registration, and alcohol beverage licensing operations. As the primary point of contact for casinos’ human resources and compliance departments, her work focuses on delivering high-quality customer service, ensuring compliance with licensing regulations, policies, and procedures, and enhancing the Licensing Management System.

“I’m looking forward to coordinating with the state’s three licensees and supporting their respective teams in my new role as operations continue to evolve during and after the pandemic,” Skinner said. “Through it all, the Licensing Division will work to ensure that those involved with the expanded gaming industry meet the statutory requirements of good character, honesty and integrity.”

Skinner most recently served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, and previously held several positions at the Boston Public Health Commission, including General Counsel.

“I love that I am coming in with fresh eyes, and the ability to look at things as a true outsider,” Skinner said.

Skinner earned her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School, and her Certificate of Human Services Leadership and Management and Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Law at Suffolk University.

She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, where she also served as an officer. In 2016, she was awarded the distinction of In-House Leader of the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

“Nakisha is an experienced professional who has spent more than 20 years in government administration, and she has an impressive resume and background,” Executive Director Karen Wells said. “We are extremely fortunate to have her, and we are excited to see how she leads one of the agency’s key divisions as our Licensing Division Chief.”

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