About CALPG: The California Council on Problem Gambling

The California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1986, dedicated to assisting problem gamblers and their families by promoting awareness, education, research, prevention and treatment for problem gambling. CCPG is an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

The Council exists to help those affected by Problem Gambling, and is neither for nor against legalized gambling.

CCPG is funded by voluntary contributions from businesses and other interested parties, like you. We do not receive any state or federal funding.

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Our leadership team works diligently to fulfill our mission of raising awareness through education and outreach. We have each been working for the CCPG for more than 10 years, and (somewhat unique in our field) have nearly 20 years of combined experience in the gaming industry prior to joining the Council.

Robert Jacobson
Executive Director

Robert Jacobson has been our Executive Director since 2011, and his unique perspectives in the field are derived from both his personal and professional experiences, having worked in the gaming industry for 15 years before joining the Council. He is currently the President of the board of directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Tonya Williams, MBA
Deputy Director

Tonya Williams has worked for the Council since 2008, beginning as a Program Manager and working her way up to Deputy Director. Prior to joining the Council, she worked in the gaming industry with experience including human resources, marketing and communication, and training.

Our Board of Directors

The California Council on Problem Gambling is governed by members who serve as volunteers on the Board of Directors. These individuals represent a variety of backgrounds, experience and professions, and share a mutual interest in addressing the issue of problem gambling.

  • Darin Scharer
  • Christina Gonzales
  • Carolyn Badger
  • Ben Shiller
  • Dr. Eric Geffner
  • Sandra Knickerbocker
  • Suzanne Koch Eckenrode


  • Cathy Shink
  • Andrew Masiel
  • Paula Negrete
  • Keith Sharp
  • Kyle Kirkland
  • Donna Brown Agins
Advisory Board
  • Terri Sue Canale-Dalman
  • Richard Rosenthal
  • Dr. Gary Lange
  • Bob Weinstein
Darin Scharer
Christina Gonzales
Vice President
Carolyn Badger
Bennett Shiller

Join us now to make your impact!

As a non-profit organization funded by voluntary contributions, we sincerely thank you for your support!