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Dr. Elsie L. Scott

Elsie Scott (she/her)

Director, Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center

  • Office of the Provost
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Political Science


Dr. Elsie Scott is the founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University. Prior to that position, she served as President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF). She has enjoyed a distinguished career in local government, nonprofit, and academic settings. She has taught political science, urban studies, and criminal justice at several universities, including Rutgers, North Carolina Central, and Howard University. She served as a deputy commissioner of training for the New York Police Department, executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and she has held executive positions with the District of Columbia. 

She received her B.A. from Southern University, M.A. from the University of Iowa, and Ph.D. from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), all in political science. 

She serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the National Council of Negro Women.

Education & Expertise



Political Science
Southern University


Political Science
University of Iowa


Political Science
Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University




Police Administration, Police & the Black Community



President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Deputy Commissioner of Training, New York City Police Department

Executive Director, National Organization of Black Political Scientists (NOBLE