“My first exposure to the world outside of my own was to spend a summer in Mexico in 1976, teaching English-as-a-Second-Language, translating for English-speaking patients in a primitive hospital staffed by Spanish-speaking physicians and practitioners, and bringing supplies for basic subsistence to remote mountain villages.
The awakening I experienced was the result of two realizations: 1. My own life in a comfortable, middle-class American home could never again be taken for granted; and 2. Despite the fact that these families lived in small adobe huts with dirt floors and almost never left their own communities, they supported each other in a way that I had never observed before.
Since that time, I have committed my entire career in human services and non-profit administration to one singular goal – “Making a difference.” That same goal is the cornerstone of my transformative consulting practice to non-profits over 30 years later.”
Scott has been the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth and/or low-income families. In San Diego, he was the Collaborative Director of a 50-organization collaborative operating 4 Family Resource Centers (FRCs) that provided more than 40 programs to low-income families. He has also been the Director of Operations & Human Resources at a national, non-profit law firm in the immigrant rights field and Director of Youth and Community Services at a large non-profit in North County San Diego. He has supervised organizations with as few as 4 staff and as many as 200. The organizational budgets Scott has personally overseen range from $400,000 to over $3,000,000 annually.
Scott has also chaired or served on the board of several non-profit organizations or collaborative groups, including Partners for the Public’s Health, Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods, the National City Food Bank, and the River City Mixed Chorus. As an activist in the Midwest in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Scott co-founded and later co-chaired Citizens for Equal Protection (CFEP), now a 501(c)(3) organization.
Scott’s consulting and executive coaching practice is centered primarily around: Leadership and management training, executive and leadership coaching, achieving work/life balance to avoid ‘worker burnout,’ in the social change profession, human resources and risk-mitigation, strategic planning, organizational change management, customized staff and board retreats, team-building, conflict resolution/mediation, collaborative partnerships, involving community members as ‘change agents,’ meeting facilitation and organizational restructuring. Scott is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Scott lives in Southern California with his mighty guard-chihuahua, “Kiko.”