Scott Schaffer, Principal of Public Interest Management Group, is an experienced nonprofit leader and consultant with a background in economics, finance and behavioral science. He is a four-time past CEO of regional, statewide and national nonprofits. He's directed growth, designed financial turnarounds and built high-performance organizations in the hunger relief, environmental and housing fields.
At Philabundance, he led tenfold growth and pioneered a groundbreaking fresh food distribution system, later replicated nationally. At NatureBridge, he oversaw new campus development in Washington and Southern California, keys to a long-term growth strategy. At Common Ground, he guided a recession-era turnaround and led a successful merger. He's also worked in planning and policy roles with United Way and the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and as a senior associate with La Piana Consulting.
Scott's consulting practice links expertise in financial analysis and organizational development, and radiates from a core principle that social change requires passion and great ideas along with smart strategy and skillful execution. His work with a range of clients is an extension of this philosophy. He's played a key role in over twenty nonprofit mergers and restructuring projects, and launched social enterprises promoting affordable housing, technology adoption and environmental conservation. Scott has also developed a range of innovative business strategy methods, and delivers training workshops on nonprofit management and strategy development.
Scott's education includes the Harvard Kennedy School, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Columbia Business School. He writes on issues ranging from strategic management, to public policy to baseball. Read his blog here. In his "spare time" he's a guitarist, runner, and frequent hiker in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.