Former Nevada regulator Becky Harris to join Global Market Advisors

January 10, 2020 4:30 PM
  • Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports
January 10, 2020 4:30 PM
  • Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports

Becky Harris, the first woman to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board, will join Las Vegas-based Global Market Advisors in the gaming, entertainment, sports, integrated resort and hospitality industries, the company said Friday.

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Harris is currently a distinguished fellow in gaming and leadership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute, focusing on sports betting. She will serve as a regulatory, policy, and legal consultant at GMA.

“The depth and experience that Becky brings to our team is extraordinary as we continue to work with our clients around the globe,” GMA managing Partner Steve Gallaway said in a statement. “From sports betting to overall regulation, Becky continues to be a leader in gaming, and that will only strengthen our ability to serve our clients.”

Harris, an attorney and former Nevada State Senator, was appointed by then Governor Brian Sandoval as chairwoman of the Gaming Control Board in January 2018 to complete the term of A.G. Burnett, who retired from the panel to enter private law practice.

Her term expired in January 2019.

During her tenure at the Control Board, Harris guided the board through several controversial matters, including sports betting, proposed federal changes to the Wire Act, sexual harassment issues in the gaming industry, legal cannabis, and other regulatory issues.

Harris also serves as a non-executive director for PointsBet Holdings.

“Working with governments, legislators, and regulators in advancing policy while achieving their goals is key to any new or existing market,” Harris said in a statement  “I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with GMA and their current and future partners in helping to set the standard around the globe for models in policy and regulation.”

Harris represented State Senate District 9 in Clark County for two legislative sessions. During the 2017 Legislative Session, she served on the Senate Judiciary, Finance, and Education Committees.

Additionally, she served as the Treasurer of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States and was selected to Chair its Committee on Responsible Gaming.

Harris has both B.A from Brigham Young University and J.D. from BYU’s J. Ruben Clark Law School, and she holds LL.M degree from UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.

Howard Stutz is the executive editor of CDC Gaming Reports. He can be reached at Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.