Stephon L. Scott
Senior Policy Advisor
Stephon has over 20 years of federal government service (military & civilian). He currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of EDI; in this role, Mr. Scott assists in the development of comprehensive and strategic approaches to addressing racial and social inequities at the NIH. In addition, he assists in developing, reviewing, modifying, or removing NIH policies or procedures that may perpetuate those inequities.
He has served as Acting Director for 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 all NIH employees and applicants. In addition, he has served as Branch Chief of EDI’s Access & Equity Branch. There, he has led the EDI Accessibility Consultancy at NIH, whose portfolio of services includes Language Access, Reasonable Accommodation, and EEO Guidance. Additionally, 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).
Prior to CMS, Mr. Scott 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, Mr. Scott served as the organization’s content expert on Critical Race Theory and Social Cultural Studies and applied that expertise toward developing data-driven trainings and equitable policies and curriculum.
Mr. Scott'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 county commissioners collaborating to remove racist language from New Mexico property deeds (Dec.2020). Mr. Scott has also been invited to speak on racial/social injustice to youth at the Boys and Girls Club of America and high schools. In addition, as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar—and throughout his studies—Mr. Scott has conducted extensive research on the construction of race and whiteness, and how they are used to oppress racialized minorities.
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.
Presently, in addition to pursuing his Ph.D. (ABD) in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, with an emphasis on Critical Theory and Critical Race Theory, Mr. Scott works as a consultant with private-sector threat assessment professionals to address social injustice in policing and schooling.
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 three children and three step children, all of whom are blessings.