Scott Cotenoff


Bi-coastal (NorCal and Northern NJ)
A word that sums me up is
The most interesting thing happening in the social sector today is:
Interrogating power relationships and seeking to create greater equity in the sector and beyond.

Scott supports organizations in becoming more intentional, strategic, and informed to increase their impact. He helps clients through strategy development, planning, and strategic restructuring projects. He is most moved by the work of nonprofits working in health, public health, social services, and social justice, but values the variety of clients he gets the opportunity to work with and the breadth of perspective that affords. In all engagements, he seeks to build organizations’ capacity to question old ways of doing things, to think strategically, and to act nimbly.

Scott is dedicated to helping clients attune to the world around them so they can respond quickly to new opportunities to advance their mission. Asked about some of his most rewarding projects, Scott cites two mergers — one, a merger of two racial equity nonprofits, and the other a merger of three groups serving the global development community — both of which will allow the organizations to grow their impact. Past clients include Race Forward/CSI, Inside NGO/Lingos/Mango (Humentum), Grand St. Settlement, Westside Commons, Health Federation of Philadelphia, Mental Health Partnerships, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, and HOPE Program/Sustainable South Bronx.

Scott has a background in health, public health, and civil rights law. Prior to joining La Piana in 2013, Scott was senior VP for programs and new initiatives at New York City’s Partnership for the Homeless and served as executive director for the Children’s Hope Foundation and Body Positive. He has also worked for the City of New York in multiple capacities. Scott has an MS in Urban Public Health from Hunter College School of Health Sciences and a JD from Boston University School of Law; he has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Duke University.

Scott is available as a speaker on strategy, strategic restructuring, and governance, including the unique issues facing boards of membership organizations. He has recently presented at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and on behalf of several foundations.

Learn more about Scott in this La Piana Consulting staff interview.