Scott’s career has spanned the past 37 years in three overlapping and related, yet distinct, career tracks.
Initially, Scott served as a crisis intervention specialist and provided home reunification to children placed out-of-home by court order. Later, he was a probation officer with the Supreme Court of Nebraska as well as the U.S. District Court in the districts of Nebraska and Southern California for 10 years. After leaving the judicial system, Scott established a successful, federally-funded gang diversion program in Oceanside, California, and oversaw 43 other programs for youth and families as the director of youth and community services at North County Lifeline.
Later, he served as the executive director of two non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth and/or low-income families on both coasts. In San Diego, he was the executive director of a 50-organization collaborative operating four integrated and accessible family resource centers (FRCs) that provided more than 40 programs to low-income families. In Virginia, under Scott’s leadership, ROSMY was awarded with the prestigious Fitz Turner Award for “excellence in intergroup relations” by the Virginia Education Association. Scott was also honored by the Governor’s Office on Children, Youth and Families in Maryland for developing and implementing a statewide diversity program.
In more recent years, Scott has focused his career in the human resources, organizational development and executive coaching arenas. He has held the positions of director of operations and human resources at a national social justice law firm and director of human resources at a secure facility providing mental health services to patients diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.
Scott is also the principal of an organizational development and human resource consulting firm, specializing in capacity-building for non-profit organizations around the country. He is presently an adjunct consultant with RoadMap, a national social justice consulting firm based in San Francisco, and serves as the regional human resource manager at Foundations Recovery Network in California.
Scott’s human resource philosophy is simple, based on a quote by President Dwight Eisenhower: “Pull the string, and it will follow. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”