Stephon L. Scott

Stephon Scott

Stephon L. Scott

Senior Policy Advisor

Stephon has over 20 years of federal government service (military & civilian). He currently serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of EDI. There, he conducts policy development, review, and analysis, while collaborating in the development of comprehensive and strategic approaches to diversity management and identifying and addressing racial and other workplace inequities at the NIH. Previously, Stephon served as the Acting Director of the Resolutions and Equity Division, where he provided managerial oversight of the EEO Compliance Team.

Additionally, Stephon has served as Acting Director of the Guidance, Education, and Marketing Division in EDI, where he provided leadership on effective EEO and D&I marketing and communication strategies, as well as equitable access for the NIH community. He has also served as Branch Director of EDI’s Access & Equity Branch. There, he led the EDI Accessibility Consultancy, whose portfolio of services included Language Access, Reasonable Accommodation, and EEO Guidance. He has also served as the Team Leader and Subject Matter Expert for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Reasonable Accommodation Program, Office of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights.

Prior to CMS, Stephon served the State of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) as an educator, community outreach coordinator, project coordinator, diversity trainer, language access facilitator and collaborator, and higher education academic advisor.

While at APS, he served as the organization’s content expert on Social Cultural Studies and applied that expertise toward developing data-driven Cultural Proficiency trainings in furtherance of developing equitable policies and curriculum.

Stephon's Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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. That research has led to two investigative news reports and New Mexico (NM) county commissioners collaborating to remove racist language from NM property deeds (Dec. 2020). As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar—and throughout his studies—Stephon has conducted extensive [unpublished] research on the construction of race and how it has been weaponized to control and oppress groups of people.

As a law student, Stephon 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.

Presently, Stephon is pursuing his Ed.D. (ABD) in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies.

Mr. Scott’s watch-phrase is “where there is will and opportunity, advancement is sure to follow!”

Mr. Scott is also a United States Army combat veteran. He is married to his “North Star” and is the father of six lovely and thoughtful children.