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Councilwoman Scott began serving as the District 1 representative to Louisville Metro Council in October 2011. She serves on the following Metro Council committees: Chair of the Ad Hoc Vacant Properties Committee, member of the following committees: Planning, Zoning, Land Design and Development, Labor and Economic Development and Appropriations NDF’s, CIF’s.

District 1 includes the following areas in southwest Louisville: Lake Dreamland, Riverside Gardens, Cane Run Road, Campground Road, Bells Lane, part of Crums Lane in Shively and south to Riverport. And the following areas in west Louisville: part of Chickasaw, Park DuValle and Parkland neighborhoods.

She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College teaching a course on “Achieving Academic Success.” Councilwoman Scott is also a consultant to local, regional and national groups on issues of diversity, strategic assessment and planning, and conducting difficult dialogues. She served as Coordinator of Kentucky Jobs with Justice from 2004-2012 and served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Bellarmine University from 2009-2011 having taught courses on “Social Networking for Social Justice.”

In 2004, Councilwoman Scott participated in the first-ever leadership retreat for young women of color organizational directors sponsored by the National Women’s Alliance. In 2005, she was selected to serve as a Forum Fellow for the Courier-Journal and featured in “People to Watch” in Louisville Magazine. In 2006, Councilwoman Scott was featured in “The Climb” in Business First as a Greater Louisville young professional who is making a difference. In 2007, she was one of two recipients of a Respite Award from the National Organizers Alliance for more than five years of non-stop community organizing in Kentucky and Tennessee. From 2008 to 2009, she was a co-host on “The Streets Are Talking” on B96.5FM — Louisville’s station for hip hop and R&B – and provided regular commentary on “From the Corner to the Courthouse” on the sister station of 101.3FM. In 2010, she was recognized as a Connector by Leadership Louisville as a civic and non-profit community leader who is making a difference in our region. She was awarded the 2011 national “Woman of Vision” honor by the Ms. Foundation for Women and in 2012 won her election to serve on Metro Council. Councilwoman Scott is a 2013 member of the Bingham Fellows of Leadership Louisville focusing on creating a smart food culture in our area.

For three years, she was Executive Director of The National Conference for Community and Justice (an organization that fights bias, bigotry and racism) in Knoxville, Tennessee. While there, Councilwoman Scott helped to create the Greater Knoxville Civil Liberties Alliance, implemented youth leadership initiatives, helped to create the LGBTQ Task Force and the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee, and helped to implement the first-ever National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation.

During her tenure as staff at The University of Tennessee, she served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and received a “Best Practices” Award for her outstanding achievement in building community-university partnerships through service-learning initiatives. At UT, she served as President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association and wrote a monthly column called “Color Conscious” for Metro Pulse (Knoxville’s weekly newsmagazine) exploring racial justice issues through the lens of a young woman of color.

Councilwoman Scott provides leadership to a number of non-profit Board of Directors including Restorative Justice Louisville and the National Organizers Alliance (Secretary). She previously served on the board of the Community Development Corporation at her church (Greater Friendship Baptist Church), Hispanic/Latino Coalition, Democracy Resource Center, Knoxville Branch NAACP (Secretary), Community Shares of Tennessee (Vice President), Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities, Center for Labor Education and Research Advisory Board at the University of Kentucky, YWCA of Greater Knoxville, Metropolitan Drug Commission and Knoxville Project Change.

She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Knoxville College (a historically Black college) and a graduate degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee. Councilwoman Scott is a certified anti-racism trainer through Crossroads Ministry and the Commission on Religion in Appalachia. Here proudest accomplishment is being a mom to Advocate and Ashanti.