Scott currently works as an independent consultant as SGD Urban Solutions, LLC. His areas of focus are climate adaptation, urban resilience, and disaster recovery.
He previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He was with the Department from 2009 to 2017, his roles included serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary and on the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force as well as Director of the Disaster Recovery Division. His responsibilities on the Sandy Task Force involved helping to lead the administration of Rebuild by Design: A Planning and Design Competition to Increase Resilience in the Sandy-Affected Region.
Scott is currently a member of the faculty for Georgetown University’s Graduate Urban and Regional Planning Program, where he teaches a class each Spring titled Resilient Urban Systems. He has also taught urban design studios at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He has been a guest lecturer at Tulane University in New Orleans, the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Prior to joining HUD, Scott served as Director of Policy for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding housed within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Scott joined the federal government following the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005 where he spent more than a year deployed in Louisiana working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During that time, he served as a member of the senior management team for Long-Term Community Recovery.
Prior to his federal service, Scott served as Director of Programs for the Economic and Community Development Institute in Columbus, Ohio and as Director of the Office of Economic Development at The University of Arizona in Tucson. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds degrees in Regional Development and Environmental Planning.