Nakisha SkinnerMassachusetts Gaming Commissioner

Nakisha Skinner was appointed as a Commissioner to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in March 2022 for a five-year term by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.

Skinner joined the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as its Licensing Division Chief in November 2020. She oversaw vendor and employee licensing and registration, and alcohol beverage licensing operations.

As the primary point of contact for casinos’ human resources and compliance departments, she focused on delivering high-quality customer service, ensuring compliance with licensing regulations, policies and procedures, and enhancing the Licensing Management System. 

Skinner has more than 20 years in state and local government administration. Before her most recent role with the MGC, she served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. She previously held several positions at the Boston Public Health Commission, including General Counsel. 

She 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 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. 

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