BOSTON - Nakisha L. Skinner will become the new general counsel for the Boston Public Health Commission, effective Monday, Oct. 27, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the agency’s executive director, announced today.
Mrs. Skinner will oversee the Commission’s staff attorneys and serve as the top lawyer for all legal matters involving the city’s public health department.
“Nakisha brings to the position solid legal experience, an in depth knowledge of the Commission’s programs and services, and a deep commitment to public health,’’ Dr. Ferrer said. “We’re thrilled with the choice we’ve made.’’
Mrs. Skinner joined the Commission in 1999 as a paralegal in the General Counsel’s Office.
She was promoted to assistant general counsel in 2003, and handled a broad portfolio that included real estate, contracts, and civil rights cases. She is a 2003 graduate of Suffolk University Law School.
Mrs. Skinner lives in Roslindale with her husband, Robert Skinner Sr., and their two children, Robert Jr. 7, and Raiah, 3.
She succeeds John M. Townsend, who has become the Commission’s director of Administration and Finance, after serving 11 years as general counsel.
October 23, 2008