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AGA Hires Leading Political Professional To Strengthen Minority Outreach, Broaden Government Relations Capabilities

28 February 2005

WASHINGTON -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced today that it has appointed Dorothy R. Jackson, an accomplished professional with more than 15 years of political, legislative, organizational management, legal and fund-raising experience, as vice president of government affairs.

Before joining the AGA, Jackson was a government relations consultant to the association and other clients, serving as a liaison to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the NAACP and minority businesses. Her Capitol Hill experience includes serving as senior professional adviser to Tom Foley, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; legislative counsel to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.); and chief of staff for three members of Congress. She also worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as director of voter participation.

"We have worked very closely with Dorothy for four years now as a consultant, and she has provided our industry with invaluable guidance on diversity and other issues that are top priorities for the African-American community," said AGA President and CEO Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. "Her broad network of contacts has helped us reach out and establish effective working relationships with the CBC, NAACP and other minority organizations. We are fortunate to add someone with her extensive experience and expertise to our staff."

Jackson joins the AGA's in-house lobbying team that includes Fahrenkopf and vice presidents Wally Chalmers and Brett Hale.

Prior to her Washington tenure, Jackson was an English teacher in the New York City public schools for 12 years as well as an education administrator. She also served in elective office as a judicial delegate for the 57th assembly district in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jackson has held various leadership positions, including president of the Brooklyn branch of the New York Urban League and founding president of the Council of African-American Administrative Assistants and Associates in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, she is a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the NAACP, a board member of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and a member of the African American Leadership Council and Women's Leadership Forum at the Democratic National Committee.

Jackson earned a law degree from Seton Hall University and holds a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University (Pa.). She also served as a fellow in the senior managers in government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service.

The American Gaming Association represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.

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