Scott D. Pattison served most recently as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association (NGA), the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors.
The group speaks with a collective voice on a wide range of issues and works to influence the federal government on innovative ideas that can be implemented nationwide. Mr. Pattison worked with governors to identify and prioritize issues facing states, identify challenges and solutions to those challenges and oversee the day-to-day operations of the association. He’s frequently interviewed by news organizations, including The New York Times, NPR and The Washington Post, about public policy issues.
Prior to joining NGA, Mr. Pattison served for over 14 years as director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, supporting governors’ chief financial officers and budget directors by providing expert analysis to guide state budget practices and decisions.
He started his career in the federal government at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the late 1980s. At the FTC, Mr. Pattison held roles as attorney-advisor, special assistant and staff attorney.
Mr. Pattison recently served on the board of Old Dominion University and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond. He is also a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration and is a former chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.
Mr. Pattison graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.