Scott Schwaitzberg, Instructor
Tusk Ventures is the first political strategy firm focused primarily on helping startups navigate the political, regulatory, and media hurdles that come with reshaping entrenched industries.
Scott (@sjttocs) developed and runs our practice to help colleges, universities and institutions across the nation improve their performance in student retention and quantitative and qualitative ranking and metrics. Scott additionally manages the efforts of the Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies to provide sophisticated political counsel and expertise to hunger advocacy groups and food banks in cities and states across the country to better leverage government benefits and funding on issues like school breakfasts, food stamp enrollment and other issues that impact hunger and food insecurity.
Scott has experience across the private, public and philanthropic sectors. Most recently, he worked in two roles at the intersection of social impact and technology. On the product and strategy team at Google.org, Scott led a number of projects to reinvent how people and governments interact via technology. He also recently worked on the leadership team at Catchafire, an early-stage technology startup focused on reinventing the skills-based volunteering space. Prior to Google, Scott served New York City as Deputy Chief of Staff to Howard Wolfson, a Deputy Mayor in the Bloomberg Administration, where he managed a wide ranging set of initiatives from public wi-fi installations to solving the feral cat problem in New York public housing.
Scott began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he helped clients in the technology, finance, retail and philanthropic space solve major strategic and operational questions. He left McKinsey as an engagement manager in 2010. Scott sits on the board of The NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), and previously served as the first public member of the San Francisco Committee on Information Technology, the governance and oversight body for technology decisions for the City and County of San Francisco. Scott graduated with high honors with a B.A. in Plan II and Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.