Scott

Curran

Scott works at the intersection of business, law, philanthropy, and social impact helping executives,  philanthropists, celebrities, and government and private sector leaders develop organizations, programs, and partnerships of purpose that transform lives and communities.

After a decade of service to the the Clinton Foundation, Scott stepped down as General Counsel in early 2016 to establish Beyond Advisers, a social impact consulting firm that helps nonprofits, social innovators, and private sector leaders design and build their organizations and programs for impact.  He also teaches, lectures, and speaks on the topic of lawyers as social innovators. Crain's Chicago Business called the class he teaches one of "the coolest classes for law students."

During his time with the Clinton Foundation, Scott established, grew and led the legal team that supported a complex global charity with over 2,000 staff and volunteers working in more than 30 countries on a dozen initiatives. Scott led the team of in-house professionals and outside firms that created the organizational and operational structures that supported the Clinton Foundation's board, enterprise systems, and program teams during their most prolonged and intensive period of growth.  

In supporting the program work of the Clinton Foundation's initiatives, Scott counseled dynamic teams in developing partnerships designed to spur social and economic change around the world.  These partnerships span the areas of global health, climate change, international development, commercial agriculture, supply chain innovation, childhood obesity, small business mentoring, post-disaster relief, globally-focused conferences, and museum and special event operations.

As a corporate attorney prior to his time with the Clinton Foundation, and as a student in the first program in the U.S. to offer a master’s degree in public service, Scott has advised new endeavors and established enterprises working to change the world.  From sweet potato growers in the Mississippi Delta and cashew farmers in India to private sector startups and nonprofit spinoffs, Scott’s work has equipped him with deep knowledge of legal, program, and organizational operations. Scott brings an insightful approach to each new opportunity and possesses a keen ability to assess issues, synthesize interests, resolve challenges, and guide teams in designing and implementing focused plans to achieve ambitious goals.

Scott received a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Masters in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, where he was a member of the inaugural class. He is also a graduate of the Second City Training Center where he learned how "Yes, And" thinking improves creativity and collaboration.

 

With his background in public service, law, and communications, Scott is motivated by the possibility and promise that bold ideas can be transformed into action to change lives and communities in new, specific, and measurable ways. He spends some of the best parts of his days being inspired by his wife, two kids, and rescue dogs, including Miss Tommie, and Angel who are both blind, deaf, and awesome!

 

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