Scott McLeod

Vice President, Collective Impact Partnerships, United Way of Salt Lake

Scott McLeod is committed to promoting equity in our society and sees education as the pivotal force in achieving this reality. Using the skills he has learned as a facilitator, management consultant, researcher, educator, and policy wonk, Scott connects change agents from different sectors to build systemic (and systematic) solutions to our most vexing social problems. In short, he is honest about inequality and brings together those willing to take it on so children get a real chance at success. Scott earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Middlebury College, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Utah. He has worked at United Way of Salt Lake since 2012 and has held multiple roles including Community School Director, Community Collaborations Director, Senior Director of Community School Partnerships, and most recently, VP of Collective Impact Partnerships. In this capacity, Scott and the rest of the team at UWSL work with partners to create “cradle to career pipelines” for highly impacted students to guarantee their success in early childhood, school, college, and eventually a successful career.


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty. Poverty in the U.S. has been in a vicious cycle for hundreds of years, leading many to conclude that it’s an intractable problem resistant to any permanent solution. But TOC teaches that if we have a common goal, every conflict can be permanently removed by a solution that addresses all needs with no compromise. If we can break the conflict and find the right leverage point to focus our energies, it should be possible to flip the vicious cycle, and show dramatic progress towards solving poverty once and for all. This session will share what United Way of Salt Lake is doing to realize this common goal.