Howard University has named Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., former president and chief executive of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, as the founding director of the Ron W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center.
“I am excited to have been selected to be the first director of the Ron W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center,” Scott said in a statement. “Dr. Walters was a role model for me as a political scientist. I valued his wise counsel and consider it an honor to have been entrusted with a major role of preserving his legacy.”
Scott will spearhead the development of Ron W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center into a focal point for leadership development and public policy research and analysis into the areas of African-American contributions to U.S. national and foreign policy, and the role of African Americans in U.S. presidential and congressional politics.
Through seminars, conferences, symposia, visiting scholars, executive programs, internships , publications and public events, the Center will play a critical role in developing leaders; providing resources to political leaders, policy-makers and nonprofit leaders; and serving as an epicenter for policy discussion on issues critical to the global black community.
Between 2006 and 2012, Scott served as president and chief executive of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Previously, she had served as the organization’s vice president for research and programs. Scott led the foundation’s annual legislative conferences, which attract more than 10,000 attendees each year. In addition, Scott successfully launched several foundation initiatives that sought to strengthen the influence of African Americans in public policy development.
Scott has enjoyed a distinguished career in federal, local, nonprofit and academic settings. She has served as executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department. She has held senior and supervisory roles in the police departments of Detroit and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has also taught political science, urban studies and criminal justice at several universities, including Howard, Rutgers, Central Florida and North Carolina Central.
Howard University established the Ron W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center in 2011.