“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Scott Nathan is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Until January 2017, he served as Associate Director for General Government Programs (GGP) at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. In this role, he led a team of OMB experts overseeing a broad range of policy, budget and management issues in six separate branches, including those focused on the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Justice, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Treasury, as well as GSA, SBA, the Postal Service and many of the independent financial regulators, amongst other agencies. Before moving to the White House, Scott served as the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, leading a team of foreign service officers and civil servants who were focused on protecting US economic interests abroad and who advocated on behalf of American exports. Scott travelled to more than 30 countries supporting Secretary Kerry and the Obama Administration's economic diplomacy agenda.
Before entering public service, Scott spent nearly 20 years working in the investment business. As a partner and the Chief Risk Officer of The Baupost Group, a private investment partnership based in Boston, he gained extensive experience investing across asset classes and global markets. In addition, he chaired Baupost’s portfolio risk committee, co-chaired its best practices and business risk committee, ran investment team hiring, and served as a member of the firm’s management committee.
Outside of his professional career, Scott has been deeply involved with environmental advocacy, educational and other non-profit organizations. He serves on the boards of National Security Action, Democracy Forward Foundation (a public interest law firm), and the League of Conservation Voters, where he was previously chair. He also was a long-term board member of the Wilderness Society, the Trustees of Reservations and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Scott was a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and has been extensively involved with Harvard University, as a member of the executive committee of its current capital campaign and now serving for the second time on the Finance Committee of the Harvard Corporation. He has served on numerous other boards and committees, including the Center for American Progress; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Scott is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, as well as Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He also attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge University as the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar.Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 11:04am