Scott Nathan is a senior fellow at American Progress. Until January 2017, he served as associate director for general government programs at the Office of Management and Budget, or 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, among other agencies. Before moving to the White House, Nathan was the U.S. State Department’s special representative for commercial and business affairs, where he led a team of foreign service officers and civil servants who focused on protecting U.S. economic interests abroad and who advocated on behalf of American exports. Nathan traveled the world supporting then-Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration’s economic diplomacy agenda. Before entering public service, Nathan spent nearly 20 years working in the investment business as a partner and the chief risk officer of the Baupost Group in Boston.
Outside of his professional career, Nathan has been deeply involved with environmental advocacy as well as educational and other nonprofit organizations. He chaired the board of the League of Conservation Voters and its Education Fund and was also a long-term board member of The Wilderness Society, The Trustees of Reservations, and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Nathan has served on numerous other boards and committees, including at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, American Progress, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Nathan graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and was the Harvard scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, both with honors.