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Chief Operating Officer - Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
Scott Taitel is the Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership at the Clinton Foundation, and is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He earned his BA in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School in 1979, and also holds an MBA from Northeastern University. Originally from Boston, MA, Scott now resides in Edgewater, NJ with his wife Valerie Murray-Taitel - a graduate of Newhouse.
The Clinton Foundation's Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership catalyzes enterprises that will create market opportunities for low-income populations to work themselves out of poverty. In his role, Scott is currently working on the creation of numerous social enterprises in the developing world. These include supply chain impact enterprises that link low-income farmers and fishermen associations to both regional and multinational buyers, distribution enterprises that consign products to low-income female entrepreneurs to sell into their Base of the Pyramid communities, and training enterprises that prepare low-income populations for jobs in their local communities. Scott's work spans numerous geographies with activities currently in Central America, South America, Haiti and India. He travels approximately 60% of the time and supervises in-country development teams.
Scott is especially proud of the programs he has overseen during his time at the Clinton Foundation. He has been responsible for a range of health, education and economic development programs including school nutrition programs in Colombia that have served more than 3,000,0000 meals. cataract surgery programs in Peru that have provided more than 50,000 operations, the creation of impact investment funds totaling $40M, and training and capacity building programs for thousands of small producers and micro-enterprises.
His undergraduate career at Maxwell served Scott well when he started at the Clinton Foundation. He explains, "My Policy Studies background gave me a strong foundation to return to my 'roots' after a long private sector career. After graduating Syracuse, I worked in economic development for community action agencies and metropolitan government (City of Syracuse) before acquiring an MBA. I then had a 20-year career running multinational businesses in numerous management capacities and as a venture capitalist."
"However, my Policy Studies background never left my blood, and I found myself later in life longing for the opportunity to combine my international business skills and desire to make a difference in the world. The Clinton Foundation offered the perfect environment for taking a business approach to international development. Professor Bill Coplin influenced me greatly in my days at Syracuse: I started as an International Relations major and followed him to Policy Studies, which was created during my time at Maxwell."
Scott's advice for current students? "Don't shy away from the private sector. The public sector and the NGO space needs skill sets that often are best acquired through the rigors of business, but which are highly transferable to government and non-governmental organizations."
Scott 's LinkedIn profile can be accessed