Elsie L. Scott, PhD

Dr. Elsie L. Scott is the founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University. She is spearheading the development of the Walters Center into a focal point for leadership development and public policy research and analysis into the areas of African-American contributions to U.S. national and foreign policy. Scott served as president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation from 2006-2012. Previously, she had served as the organization’s vice president for research and programs. She served as executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department. She has held senior and supervisory roles in the police departments of Detroit and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has also taught political science, urban studies and criminal justice at several universities, including Howard, Rutgers, Central Florida and North Carolina Central. Dr. Scott earned a B.A. from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., a M.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). She has written articles and monographs on topics related to crime, police and the black community, as well as on women’s issues, hate violence, management and training, and race and poverty.

Board Member: 2009-Present

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