Scott Nathan is the founder of Atlantic Neptune, the organization through which he conducts his business, political, and philanthropic activities. He is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and serves as chair of the board of CAP Action Fund.
Until January 2017, Nathan served as the associate director for general government programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. In this role, he led a team of OMB experts overseeing a broad range of policy, budget, and management issues in six separate branches, including those focused on the U.S. departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Justice, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Treasury, as well as the General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, Postal Service, and many of the independent financial regulators, among other agencies. Before moving to the White House, Nathan served as the U.S. State Department’s special representative for commercial and business affairs, leading a team of foreign service officers and civil servants who focused on protecting U.S. economic interests abroad and who advocated on behalf of U.S. exports. He traveled to more than 30 countries supporting then-Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration’s economic diplomacy agenda.
Before entering public service, Nathan spent nearly two decades working in the investment business. As a partner and the chief risk officer of the Baupost Group, a private investment partnership based in Boston, he gained extensive experience investing across asset classes and global markets. In addition, he chaired Baupost’s portfolio risk committee, co-chaired its best practices and business risk committee, ran investment team hiring, and served as a member of the firm’s management committee.
Outside of his professional career, Nathan has been deeply involved with environmental advocacy and educational and other nonprofit organizations. He serves on the boards of National Security Action; the public interest law firm Democracy Forward Foundation; Wilderness Society Action; and the League of Conservation Voters, where he was previously chair and now serves as co-chair of their ClimateVote2020 campaign.
Nathan was a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. He has been extensively involved with Harvard University as a member of the executive committee of its recent capital campaign and twice serving on the Finance Committee of the Harvard Corporation, the governing body of the university. He has served on numerous other boards and committees, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Trustees of Reservations, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Nathan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. He is an adviser to Higher Ground Labs, an accelerator for progressive political technology companies.
Nathan graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, as the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar.