Think Big. Be Bold.
Scott is a pragmatic, problem solving Democrat who believes we need major structural change and innovation to solve our biggest challenges from homelessness to climate change. He believes we need new ideas and new approaches to institutions and policies that are not working.
Scott’s background and life experiences lend themselves to optimism. Scott was raised in a single parent welfare family in Eastern Washington. He grew up with food stamps and free school meals, programs that still support the poor today. He also lived in a community with low crime and strong public schools and attended a Methodist church. His childhood was framed by these twin realities - federal poverty support and a strong, local community.
For college, Scott attended the University of Washington in the mid-80s. Pell Grants, NDSL loans, and work-study largely covered the cost of attending. Work-study jobs included helping severely disabled autistic-like children at an on-campus school and as a lab tech for the UW Oceanography Department. He also worked as a Resident Advisor in on-campus dorm housing. After five years, he graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration and $5,000 in student debt. The low cost of higher education in the 80s now looks like a quaint anomaly of a bygone era. Scott believes, we need to go back to that future to truly recreate opportunity for all Americans.
After college, Scott joined the United States Peace Corps. He served in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as a community agriculture extension agent where he helped local communities with agroforestry and palm tree nurseries. During his two-year service, Scott experienced what a failed state looks like first hand, a country of nice people where institutions don’t function, public servants don’t get paid, corruption is rife, and an economy serves only a tiny portion of the wealthy leaving the rest to fend for themselves in broken cities without power where streets are crumbling and justice is arbitrary. Scott is adamant that we need to treasure the country and the institutions we have today, even with their flaws. People who believe burning things down is the way to create change have no idea how far a country can fall.
After his Peace Corps experience in Africa, Scott worked in Washington, D.C. at Peace Corps headquarters. Over the course of five years, he held several roles including Special Assistant for New Country entries in the former Soviet Republics (Baltic states, Armenia, Ukraine, etc.) and Country Desk Officer for Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.
Scott transitioned to the private sector via an International Executive MBA program at Georgetown University while working for an IT company in California and commuting across the country every two weeks for classes. After 200,000+ miles and 18 months, he graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration.
He joined Accenture in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. He worked a series of client consulting engagements with roles at Iridium, Cisco, eBay, HP, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Later, he transitioned into internal innovation roles and moved to Portland, Oregon. He has worked on executive enablement to evangelize new technologies and methodologies including Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), DevOps, Cloud Native, and AI/Machine Learning. Scott designed and led an internal executive training on Cloud Native and Machine Learning that reached 2,000 executives across Accenture on five continents. He provided prototype and product development troubleshooting for Cloud Native and Machine Learning solutions and offerings, managing assets and work that resulted in two dozen prototypes/products and three patent applications.
Scott has long had a passion for public service stemming from his days as a Peace Corps volunteer and Peace Corps staffer. Scott decided to merge his experience in public service with his passion for solving problems and his practical experience in technology, transformation, and change learned from his consulting career. He believes deeply that our nation is at a crossroads and new ideas are needed in Congress to create new possibilities for all Americans. Scott left Accenture to launch a run for Congress in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District in January.
Scott is married and has two daughters. He met his wife, Martina, in San Francisco shortly after joining Accenture and they were married a year and a half later. They have two teenage daughters that currently attend public (PPS) high school in Portland. Scott’s local community engagement has included work on the Bridlemile Elementary School Foundation, a highlight of which was the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser and the annual auction.