Vice President, Strategy & Advocacy
At The Sheridan Group, Scott uses his more than ten years of senior level experience on Capitol Hill to provide clients with expert advice for pursuing their short and long term policy and political objectives. In addition to his current client portfolio, which includes the ONE Campaign, the Independent Sector and Voices for National Service, Scott also focuses on the firm’s business development goals with an emphasis on coalition building, strategic partnerships and building upon TSG’s reputation as the go to advocacy firm for issue campaign management and strategic legislative counsel.
In his time at TSG, Scott is very proud of his multi-year work with the ONE Campaign to help get vital bipartisan legislation called the Electrify Africa Act signed into law which will promote private sector investment and government collaboration to increase access to electricity in some of Africa’s poorest countries. Today, 589 million people lack access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa which results in poor healthcare, stifled economic growth, limited education and a critical lack of safety for African women and girls. As enacted, Electrify Africa is promoting affordable and reliable energy to provide electricity for at least 50 million people by 2020.
Scott has also worked to design and oversee the implementation of a highly successful grassroots and grasstops engagement campaign for Voices for National Service. This targeted campaign identified the most critical Members of Congress for engagement, established individual statewide working groups, provided strategies and tactics for successful advocacy and has resulted in much greater attention from the previously identified Members of Congress on the issues important to the national service community.
Scott came to The Sheridan Group with more than a decade of experience as a senior staff member in Congress, serving in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Having worked on a wide range of issues from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to sensible gun safety legislation, Scott embodies TSG’s mission of achieving breakthrough advocacy results for the common good.
In his most recent tour on Capitol Hill, Scott served as Chief of Staff to Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-1), where he the Congressman's top advisor overseeing all policy matters, communications outreach and political activities helping the then-freshman representative effectively navigate through the particularly challenging 112th Congress.
During Scott’s tenure as Chief of Staff, the Congressman introduced the Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development Commission Act of 2013 (SEEED Act), legislation created to help the federal government identify ways it could support social enterprises. Scott also helped the Congressman pursue strategies to prevent the doubling of college student loans, fight for the acceleration of withdrawal of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and for equal rights protections for LGBT Americans. Additionally, with Rep. Cicilline’s membership on the House Foreign Affairs and Budget Committees, Scott brings invaluable behind-the-scenes knowledge of the budget-making process.
Scott began his career working for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), eventually rising through the ranks to become the Senator’s Senior Advisor and National Political Director. In this capacity, Scott was a senior strategist charged with coordinating Senator Kennedy’s outreach to national interest groups and grassroots organizations. Some important initiatives that Scott worked on include the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Paid Sick Day legislation and the Affordable Care Act.
After Senator Kennedy’s passing, Scott spent the 2010 election cycle working at MSHC Partners, a political communications firm known for its innovative approach to communications strategies including internet advertising, online media tactics, and direct mail. As a Senior Account Executive, Scott advised clients on best practices for reaching grassroots supporters and the public at large through various communications channels.
Scott received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston University and a Master of Public Communication from American University.