Leadership Team

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D.

Interim President and CEO

Dr. Elsie L. Scott is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF).  She is on leave from the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center (Walters Center) at Howard University where she has served as director since stepping down as CBCF president and CEO in October 2012. She is the founding director of the Walters Center, which focuses on leadership development activities and public policy research and education, particularly as it relates to the global black community.

During her tenure as CBCF president, Dr. Scott oversaw the successful launch of several CBCF initiatives that aimed to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas. Those projects included Spirit of Healthy Living, a diabetes awareness program designed to support church-based health ministries in improving their members’ knowledge of type 2 diabetes prevention, management and treatment options; the Black Health Empowerment Project, an obesity awareness program; and Avoice: African American Voices in Congress, a virtual library designed to capture and preserve the contributions of black lawmakers for future generations. Under her leadership, the number and types of scholarships increased, and the signature internship program was expanded to include fall and spring semesters in Washington.

Prior to joining CBCF, Dr. Scott served as executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives for five years where she led the organization in expanding it capabilities, its membership and its influence in the national arena. She was recruited for the position of Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department during the administration of Mayor David Dinkins where she managed all training programs for uniform and civilian employees for nearly five years.

Dr. Scott has held senior and supervisory roles in the police departments of Detroit and the District of Columbia and in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has advised and provided consulting services for mayors, city managers and government agencies, and she has served as an anti-profiling consultant for Barney’s New York.

The author of scholarly and journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and various papers, she has presented at national, international and organizational conferences on topics including the police and the black community, women’s issues, hate violence, and political and civic engagement. Dr. Scott has also taught political science, urban studies and criminal justice at several universities, including Central Florida, Howard, North Carolina Central, Rutgers, and the University of the District of Columbia.

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Scott earned a Ph.D. from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University); a master’s from the University of Iowa; and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Scott serves on several nonprofit boards, including the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; the National Council of Negro Women; and the John H. Scott Memorial Fund, a family foundation established to preserve the legacy of her father, a civil rights activist.