NTIA: Former Director, Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives, Office of Internet Connectivity & Growth (New Position TBA)
Scott D. Woods was most recently the Director of the Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives in NTIA’s Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OIGC). He also served as a principal liaison between the BroadbandUSA and OIGC program offices and key strategic partners and external stakeholder groups, including representatives from state and local governments, telecommunications companies, for-profit and non- profit corporations, and colleges/universities. Scott is a broadband funding, implementation and stakeholder engagement expert and was a key member of the OIGC leadership team responsible for implementing the historic $65 billion broadband funding program authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA).
Scott recently joined Broadband.Money as its Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships.
Scott’s expertise and devotion to increasing broadband access and digital inclusion has helped transformed the lives of many communities throughout the U.S. through programs such as the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), BroadbandUSA Technical Assistance Program, HBCU College Partnership Program and the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program; and through his influence among national, state and corporate decision makers, and his on-the-ground work building community- based broadband coalitions. Scott has long advocated for better broadband maps, data collection and utilization and in his role at NTIA, has used broadband data, mapping and visualizations to make better broadband funding and programmatic decisions.
Prior to his new leadership role, Mr. Woods served as the Team Lead for the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, a new grant program to provide $268 million in direct funding to expand broadband access, connectivity and digital inclusion to eligible Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), Minority-serving Institutions (MSIs) and the anchor communities upon which these institutions serve. Scott has worked directly to increase broadband access, inclusion and equity by managing the BroadbandUSA Technical Assistance Program andnumerous broadband network construction projects under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) including projects in California, Arizona, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, Arkansas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Prior to NTIA, Scott worked as an Associate Attorney in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, D.C.
Scott received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Urban Studies from Morehouse College; a Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from American University; and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Howard University School of Law.