Scott Astrada is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society.
Scott is a senior policy executive, based in Washington DC. Scott has testified before both U.S. House and Senate Committees on financial technology policy, small dollar lending regulation, consumer financial protection law and policy, and retirement security. Scott has provided commentary for national media outlets such as American Banker, CBS, Politico, the Atlantic, NPR, and on-camera breaking news interviews. Scott also is an adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Scott has previously worked as an economic policy advisor for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center under former Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid and previous Chairman Senator Chuck Schumer. Prior to the Senate, Scott was an attorney in the Obama Administration at the White House Office of Management and Budget, Office of General Counsel. Before joining OMB, Scott was a legislative fellow, completing his placements on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, and then at the National Council of La Raza.
Scott has also published academic and peer reviewed articles on race, law & society, and political economy in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change, University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class, and the Georgetown Public Policy Review. Scott has also been a panelist or presenter at conferences hosted by Netroots Nation, The United States Chamber of Commerce, the Financial Times and the Atlantic Magazine. Scott has been awarded previous fellowships by New Leaders Council, The Bryce Harlow Foundation, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Scott received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his JD and MBA from Marquette University, and his LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center.