A lifelong resident of Hamden, Scott grew up in Whitneyville and has lived with his family in the Hamden Plains and Ridge Hill neighborhoods.
Scott attended Hamden Public Schools, including Putnam Avenue School, Ridge Hill School, Hamden Middle School, and Hamden High School. During his academic career, he served on the National Honor Society as well as a four-year member of the Hamden High School football and Outdoor Boys' Track teams. He was selected by his peers as Vice-President of his class and Captain of the undefeated 1989 Track team.
Upon graduation from the local public schools, Scott attended Cornell University, where he majored in Government and, in addition to his role of Secretary of the Cornell Civil Liberties Union and on the editorial staff of the Cornell Political Forum, he was also awarded a Mellon Foundation Fellowship to study demographic trends in municipal government at Yale University. A the end of his collegiate career, Scott was awarded one of two Minority Student Achievement Awards for the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences.
In 1993, Scott was hired by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman to join his State Office staff in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to citizen outreach and casework duties, Scott Served as Systems Administrator for the office, coordinating preparations for potential Year 2000 (Y2K) data challenges. Scott also served as Site Manager for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) during the 1996 Presidential Debate in Hartford, supervising access to the site and as liaison between CPD and the host facility.
After the Vice-Presidential Campaign of 2000, Scott left Senator Lieberman's office to serve as Project Manager and Technical Director for the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council, an entrepreneurial non-profit dedicated to improving the delivery of government services. During this time, Scott led the development and rollout of CivicRADAR, an online citizen relationship management tool. In 2003, Scott returned to Senator Lieberman's Office to serve as Deputy State Director for Constituent Service and, at the same time, served on the Town of Hamden's Community Development Advisory Commission.
In 2004, Scott was appointed by Hamden Mayor Carl Amento to manage the Town's Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development, the agency charged with overseeing the Community Development Block Grant. In 2005, he was appointed by Mayor Craig Henrici as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Hamden.
Scott is married to Mandi Isaacs Jackson, a labor researcher and author of the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Award-winning book Model City Blues: Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven and contributor to the Encyclopedia of Social Movements. They have two sons, Maxwell (born in 2006) and Elijah (born in 2008).
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