Scott is an urban planner who recently founded SGD Urban Solutions, an independent consulting practice. He has worked for a university, a nonprofit community development organization, and multiple federal agencies—experiences from which he brings a broad perspective to problem-solving. He specializes in climate adaptation, urban resilience, and disaster recovery and has extensive involvement fostering participatory planning and design as well as facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.
Prior to 2017, Scott served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While with the Department, his roles included serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Community Planning and Development, the Office of the Secretary, and the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. He also served as Director of the Disaster Recovery Division, responsible for the national portfolio of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding.
Building on his research and policy expertise, Scott’s responsibilities on the Sandy Task Force involved playing a key role in the administration of Rebuild by Design: A Planning and Design Competition to Increase Resilience in the Sandy-Affected Region. Additionally, Scott was selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the General Services Administration to serve as a mentor for the challenge.gov Federal prize and challenge community.
Scott serves as a member of the faculty for Georgetown University’s Graduate Urban and Regional Planning Program. He has also taught or lectured at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Notre Dame, Tulane University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Before 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). Prior to beginning his federal service in 2005, he 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.
Scott serves on the Board of Urban Ecosystem Restorations and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He holds degrees in Regional Development and Environmental Planning.