Lee Acebedo, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association’s (CNIGA) longest served executive director, is retiring at the end of October. Susan Jensen has been named as his replacement to lead the state’s largest tribal government gaming group with 33 federally recognized member tribes.
For more than 18 years, Jensen has worked for the association is several capacities — twice as CNIGA’s interim executive director during her tenure. She has also overseen the association's media program, member services and the Western Indian Gaming Conference, the association's annual trade show.
“Her knowledge and eighteen years of experience within the association gives her incredible insight on the history of our members and the association as we prepare to enter the next phase of tribal government gaming in the State,” said Steve Stallings, Chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. “I would like to extend a deep thank you to Mr. Acebedo for his dedication to CNIGA and California’s tribal governments, his wisdom and guidance over the past decade has been invaluable.”
As executive director, Jensen will oversee day-to-day operation and be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the policies and programs established by the CNIGA membership and executive committee. Jensen began her career with the association in 1998 as a public relations coordinator, and since that time she has served as the director of communications and most recently the deputy director of operations. Jensen is a graduate of California State University at Sacramento.
“I am honored to have been selected for the position of executive director. I look forward to the challenge and welcome the opportunity to enhance the critical role that CNIGA plays in the tribal gaming industry,” said Jensen.