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David C. Scott Joins Monroe County as Chief Diversity Officer

David C. Scott

David C. Scott will serve as Monroe County’s new Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Scott previously served as Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo for more than a decade.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said when the county opened the search for the new DEI Director, his ideal candidate was someone who has grown a DEI department, understands the nuances of working for a government and has a proven record of successfully leading DEI efforts in a large, diverse organization.

“David Scott possesses all those qualities: he built the DEI Department at Roswell Park from the ground up and navigated that growth in a state-run facility with a diverse workforce spread over many campuses,” Bello said. “His unique experience set him apart, and I am confident he will lead the County’s DEI Department in a thoughtful and effective manner.”

Scott, a Rochester native, holds a Master’s Degree from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor’s Degree

from SUNY Potsdam. He is a Certified Diversity Professional and a Certified Diversity Executive.

During his tenure at Roswell Park, he is credited with creating a Diversity Advisory Board that included members of various cultural, religious and underrepresented groups. He also co-created a Career Development Academy; created an Office of Corporate Responsibility within the DEI department; coordinating with the hospital’s employment team to recruit and hire diverse talent; and developing a paid internship program in partnership with the City of Buffalo that hires 100 youth from minority and underrepresented groups each summer.

Scott said he looks forward to returning to Rochester and serving as Monroe County's Chief Diversity Officer.

“It is clear to me that the County Executive has a strategic vision for inclusion for all of their employees and residents. I look forward to bringing my vast experience in DEI to assist the county with meeting and exceeding goals and creating an environment that is welcoming to everyone.”

Scott will begin his new role on March 13th, 2023. His appointment requires confirmation by the Monroe County Legislature.


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