After serving four and one half years as Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association, Scott retired to pursue a number of personal dreams and passions, including giving back to the nonprofit sector as a volunteer. Based in Tucson, Arizona, IDA is the world’s only non-profit organization whose sole focus is to reduce light pollution and its many adverse environmental impacts.
Scott, who has worked in the non-profit conservation environmental and advocacy community for 35 years, previously served as Executive Director of Audubon Canyon Ranch, a nonprofit conservation education organization dedicated to protecting lands in northern California through habitat preservation, public education and conservation science. During his four and a half years at ACR, Scott created long‐term financial health and stability for the organization and successfully negotiated the transfer of more than 3,000 acres of wild lands, more than doubling the nonprofit’s Preserve system.
Prior to his work at ACR, Scott served as interim Executive Director and conservation director for California Trout, headquartered in San Francisco, California’s leading nonprofit protecting and restoring California’s wild trout and steelhead. In his role as CalTrout’s Executive Director, Scott managed a multi‐million dollar budget, and was responsible for budgeting, strategic planning, and board governance.
Before leading the conservation work of California Trout, Scott served as Executive Director for the Marin Conservation League, a nonprofit working to preserve, protect and enhance the natural assets of Marin County, California.
Scott’s professional conservation career began in 1980 as an intern with the National Wildlife Federation, where he held a number of positions, including staff scientist, lobbyist, director and vice president. Following a 21‐year career with the NWF, Scott served as the director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy’s Alaska Chapter.