• NCPG Welcomes Program Manager and Communications Manager

    06.25.19Grace Maliska

    The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), an advocacy organization for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction, is pleased to announce the hiring of two new employees: Semhar Abed in the role of Program Manager, a new position within the organization; and Grace Maliska in the role of Communications Manager.

    “NCPG is delighted to have Semhar on our team. She is a go-getter who has experience with nonprofits and associations with missions similar to ours in education and health. I am excited that we will be working with her on new programs and to make our current programs thrive under her leadership,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG.

    Semhar Abed joined the National Council on Problem Gambling in May 2019. As the Program Manager, Semhar is responsible for operations, oversight, planning, and reporting on NCPG problem gambling and responsible gambling programs, including the Lottery Responsible Gambling Verification Program and the Internet Compliance Assessment Program. Semhar brings eight years of experience working with nonprofits in Washington, DC.

    Prior to NCPG, Semhar was the Assessment Specialist and Board Services Associate at the Association for Community College Trustees. She also worked as Membership Coordinator and Program Coordinator for the International Association for the Study of Pain. As an AmeriCorps member, she worked for ChildThrive!, assisting families in low-income housing. Her volunteer work includes board service for the Eritrean Development Foundation and tutoring Eritrean students for another nonprofit. From George Mason University, Semhar holds a Master of Science in Peace Operations Policy Program and a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Politics, and Conflict Analysis & Resolution.

    “I am excited about the opportunity to work for an organization with an amazing mission and fantastic staff who are passionate about this hidden addiction,” said Semhar.

    Grace Maliska joined NCPG in June 2019, and is working to implement the organization’s external communications, including public awareness and outreach efforts.

    “NCPG is thrilled to have Grace on board. She has many skills and much expertise to bring to us, and we look forward to accelerating our growth and public awareness impact with her contributions,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG.

    Grace is a communicator, researcher, and digital producer with a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University. Grace excels in deconstructing and communicating complex ideas in multiple mediums to various stakeholders with the mission of equality and progress.

    Prior to joining NCPG, Grace served as a Technology Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for New Design Learning and Scholarship, as well as the communications specialist at the National Women’s Political Caucus. She has also worked as a digital producer for media technology companies doing applications and websites, and the online learning specialist at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Grace received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Political Economy from Smith College, where she was a tri-varsity athlete and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also taught Pilates and narrated athletic events.

    “I am eager to apply my skills in communications to the increasingly pertinent and important topic of problem gambling as a means to accelerate public awareness and engagement,” said Grace.

    Washington, DC (June 25, 2019)

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