Finance and Strategy Executive Jeffrey Scott Appointed to CCST Board of Directors

September 29, 2023 | ,  

Headshot of Board member Jeff Scott in a blue button up shirt and wearing glasses.
Jeff Scott

Appointed as an Independent Director, Jeff brings experience in the government, private sector, consulting, and academia

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Jeffrey Scott, a finance and strategy executive with over 30 years of experience in government, the private sector, consulting, and academia, has been appointed to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Board of Directors as an independent director.

Jeff currently teaches nonprofit strategy and financial management at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Washington in Seattle and held senior leadership positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia University. He joins the board with extensive knowledge of CCST through his many years of service as chair of the CCST Investment Management Committee.

“We are delighted to have Jeff join our Board,” said Board Chair Peter Cowhey, PhD. “He brings wide-ranging experience in top positions to matters of financial management and nonprofit strategy. Jeff’s familiarity with CCST, his strong commitment to the integrity of our mission, and his work in commercial, government and university environments position him to offer precisely the kind of insights that we seek from an independent director position on the board.”

The Board of Directors supports CCST’s mission to provide independent and objective advice to decision makers on public policy issues important to the State of California.

Jeff’s appointment fulfills one of eight independent board positions from California’s business, policy, and philanthropic communities. The remaining 11 board positions represent CCST’s partner institutions: the University of California, California State University System, the California Community College System, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and our Federal Laboratory and Research Center partners including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA’s Ames Research Center, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Read Jeff’s biography on his Board page.



The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST responds to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues affecting the State of California relating to science and technology. CCST engages leading experts in science and technology to advise state policymakers—ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.

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