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Henry Williams

Executive Director

Henry Williams began his term as MGCB executive director on May 17, 2021. He was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on April 23, 2021. As executive director, Mr. Williams oversees a staff of 146 employees. He is responsible for the direction, execution, and coordination of all activities related to the regulation of commercial gaming, internet casino gaming and internet sports betting, fantasy sports, horse racing, and millionaire party charitable events in Michigan, along with the responsibility for oversight of compact compliance of the State's 24 tribal casinos. Mr. Williams, of Detroit, most recently served as deputy director of the MGCB's Casino Operations Division for more than six years and previously held various positions with the MGCB since 2001 as a regulation officer, senior regulation officer and employee licensing manager.

Mr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Marygrove College. He also is a licensed social worker in the State of Michigan. He serves as board president for the Detroit Recovery Project (DRP) and has held the position since its inception in 2005. DRP provides community-based drug treatment services, HIV prevention, individual and group counseling, drug court services and teenage prevention services. Recently, Mr. Williams served on the Neighborhood Advisory Council of the FCA-Community Benefits Agreement, which negotiated $35 million dollars in community benefits for the citizens of the City of Detroit. He also was elected by his community in April 2011 to a three-year term on the Executive Board of the Jefferson-Chalmers Citizen District Council.

Mr. Williams is committed to the Gaming Control Board's mission "to ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."