What started as five staffers splitting $120,000 a year, working out of their apartments and taking $25 each-way buses to New York is now Atlas Corps, a $2 million dollar nonprofit that has changed the lives of over 500 global change makers from over 70 countries through its Fellows and Community Leaders programs. Sometimes called a "reverse Peace Corps," Atlas Corps brings young leaders from around the world to cities in the U.S. for 12-18 months of service, education and development. Fellows return to their country of origin as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding and technical skills that position them for further professional opportunities that support comprehensive approaches to poverty reduction. Atlas Corps receives over 1,000 applicants a month and has less than a 2% acceptance rate.
Funded by and partnered with some of the best organizations in the world, including Ashoka, Susan G. Komen, UN Foundation, Special Olympics and the U.S. Peace Corps, Atlas Corps also works directly with the U.S. Department of State, as part of President Obama's Stand with Civil Society Agenda, to bring 100 of the world's up and coming social change makers to the U.S. on leadership development fellowships. This is the first time the President has promoted a non-U.S. government program to all embassies and consulates abroad.
Prior to launching Atlas Corps, Scott worked on the state, national and international level. Scott worked in Bosnia as the youngest Core Supervisor from any country for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), an intergovernmental organization responsible for supervising elections in Bosnia. In 2004, Scott served overseas to coordinate the U.S. Government's efforts to fight human trafficking in India. Scott helped coordinate $9 million dollars of U.S. government resources to nonprofit and international organizations in India who were fighting modern day slavery.A natural-born leader and life enthusiast, Scott is a D.C. superstar on a mission to better the world—with no political or personal agenda in mind. As Scott says, "I am just like a business entrepreneur, but instead of making a big paycheck I try to make a big impact."