A native Texan, Scot built on strong Texan roots to broaden his horizons with a global perspective. Born in Fort Worth, growing up in Houston then graduating from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Scot's formative experiences were steeped in Texas people, culture, and experiences. As an Eagle Scout and Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow, Scot served in staff leadership roles as a teenager and college student at the El Rancho Cima Scout Reservation outside of Austin. Upon graduation, Scot began a career as a Capital Project Engineer in the chemical industry. Scot pivoted to high tech in the mid-nineties returning to work in our district at Applied Materials and 3M. While working, Scot earned an MS in Technology Commercialization while mentored by one of Austin's economic visionaries, George Kozmetsky. Exposure to international business compelled Scot to step out of Texas beginning with an International Development degree from Harvard Kennedy School.
For several years following Harvard, Scot worked in strategy consulting, first with McKinsey and Company, the turning to help NGOs, and leading global institutions like the United Nations, World Bank, and the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) with challenges in international development. That turn ultimately let to overseas role as the Sr. Private Sector Development Advisor on USAID's Economic Development Program with our key Middle East ally Jordan. After Jordan and a brief project in democratic capacity building in the Prime Minister's Office of another American ally, Kuwait, Scot ultimately returned to Texas as an executive in energy software. Recently, Scot and his partners have launched Share-Age, a sharing economy start-up building business in Texas.
Scot's Democratic activism began at an early age...in 5th grade, Scot spoke for Jimmy Carter's campaign in his Kennedy Elementary mock debate. With Scot's help, the governor carried Texas in the 1976 presidential race! While at Harvard, Scot coordinated volunteers from the Kennedy School for the Gore campaign. Even while in Jordan, Scot was active in Expats for Obama. In recent years, Scot served as a delegate to two State Democratic Conventions and since buying a home in the district, served as a Democratic Precinct Chair along with county party leadership roles.
Scot's Texas roots and deep private sector and international economic development experience prepare him to represent the great people of our congressional district while leading in congress on issues of economic prosperity and international affairs.