Branch Chief, Access & Equity
Stephon Scott has over 19 years of federal government service (military & civilian). He currently serves as Branch Chief of EDI’s Access & Equity Branch. There, he leads the EDI Accessibility Consultancy at NIH, whose portfolio of services include Language Access, Reasonable Accommodation, and EEO Guidance. He has served as the Team Leader and Subject Matter Expert for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Reasonable Accommodation Program (RAP), Office of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights (OEOCR). While at CMS, Mr. Scott redesigned and rebranded OEOCR/RAP. As a part of his work, he led a team of diverse professionals (reasonable accommodation coordinators, sign language interpreters, personal assistants, and program analysts). He has conducted EEO and RA training for Senior Executives and new managers, analyzed and resolved hundreds of complex reasonable accommodation requests, and provided technical assistance to the OEOCR Civil Rights Team regarding (Title VI) language access provisions.
Prior to CMS, Mr. Scott served the State of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, and Albuquerque Public Schools as an educator, community outreach coordinator, project coordinator, diversity trainer, language access facilitator and collaborator, and higher education academic advisor.
As a law student, Mr. Scott served as a legal intern with the Office of General Counsel, Office of the Governor, Chief Counsel, State of New Mexico. He also worked as a law clerk with The Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Courts, Office of the Prosecutor and with the Bernalillo County Attorney’s Office, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Mr. Scott’s professional paper, entitled “WHITES ONLY” Racially Restrictive Real Estate Covenants: Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1940-1948, earned him the Ferrel Heady Award for Most Outstanding Professional Paper, 2007-2008.
Mr. Scott’s watch-phrase is “where there is will and opportunity, advancement is sure to follow!”
Mr. Scott is also United States Army combat veteran. He is married to his “North Star” and is the father of three children and three step children, all of whom are blessings.