Atlantic City Initiatives Office Staff

Michael Epps,
Executive Director 
Michael Epps was born and raised in Atlantic City, attended Atlantic City public schools, and graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1984. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Maryland where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and later attended the Howard University School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate. After serving as an associate at two local law firms, Michael became the General Counsel for the Atlantic City Board of Education in 1997. In 2001, he was appointed by Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco to serve as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and was sworn into office in January 2002. Michael was the first Atlantic City native to serve on the Commission.

In 2011, Michael opened The Epps Law Firm in Galloway, NJ, and represented private clients, as well as government and commercial clients. In September 2018, he joined Mohegan Sun Pocono, Hotel & Casino Resort as Vice President of Legal and Compliance. He has served as a panelist at several gaming conferences and seminars, speaking on topics such as gaming regulations, technology, diversity, and Internet gambling.

Michael served as a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. He serves as Secretary on the Stockton University Foundation Board of Directors. He is a member of the Atlantic City Basketball Invitational, Battle by the Bay committee and the Atlantic City Hall of Fame committee.  Michael is also an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Upsilon Alpha Chapter. He is married to Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq. and they have a daughter, Taylor, who attends Syracuse University.
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India Still,
Deputy Executive Director 

India Still was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and has worked and resided in Atlantic County for 27 years. India earned a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, a Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and a LLM, with Distinction, in Diplomacy and International Law from Lancaster University (UK).

India’s experience spans across the public, private and higher education sectors as either a practicing attorney or manager. She joins the ACIPO office from Stockton University, where she was employed since 2005. At Stockton, she led various offices including the Office of Global Engagement (2011-2019), the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (2007-2010) and the Office of Administrative Services (2005-2007). Prior to joining Stockton, India practiced law as an associate with the former Atlantic City firm Horn, Goldberg, Gorney, Daniels, Plackter & Weiss specializing in casino law, real estate development, and zoning and planning. She was also the first in-house counsel with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), and a legislative assistant for former US Congressman Honorable Howard E. Wolpe (Mich-3rd) and former Philadelphia City Councilman George R. Burrell, Jr.

India has been an active member of the community, dedicating her spare time since 2009 to volunteering for the local nonprofit Avanzar, formerly the Women’s Center of Atlantic County. She is currently serving in her third year as President of the Board. She is also an Advisory board member for the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI), a nonprofit dedicated to researching the impact of beliefs and values on policymaking. India has two young adult children, Harris and Hutton, with whom she shares the family dogs, Kenny and Coco.

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Elijah Langford,
Community Outreach Coordinator

Elijah Langford is a native of Atlantic City and attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., School Complex and Atlantic City High School where he captained the varsity basketball team and expanded the listenership of 88.9 WAJM, the high school’s radio station. He graduated from Stockton University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.               

While in college, Elijah created DEMCATS, a non-profit organization he operates as CEO. He started organizing events to raise awareness about issues such as breast cancer and to collect donations for people who are less fortunate. Some initiatives Elijah put together are: “Cool Coats For Kids” where he partnered with Mike Tyson; “The Shaq-a-Clause Christmas Toy Give-a-Way” where he partnered with Shaquille O’Neal; “In the Hood,” a rally in memory of Trayvon Martin; “Rock the Vote” where he registered 200 young adults; “Will You Marrow Me,” a swab-a-cheek bone marrow drive; “A Pink Evening With Elijah” where he sponsored and escorted 10 female cancer survivors to dinner in honor of breast cancer awareness month; “A Day at Target with Ashanti” where he brought Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti to surprise senior citizens; “Back to School Uniform Drive” supplying kids in need with brand new uniforms for school; “AC to DC,” an overnight trip where he bussed 14 young men from Atlantic City to Washington D.C to visit the National Mall and see their first NBA game; “You Crossed My Mind” where he surprised 50 local crossing guards with gifts to thank them for their service; and a free beach concert featuring recording artist French Montana.

Most recently, Elijah became head coach of the Atlantic City High School Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team. He also worked as a daytime kindergarten classroom aide and substitute teacher at a local elementary school. Elijah’s father is a former Mayor of Atlantic City and his mother is a former two-term school board member and popular special events coordinator.