Jeannine B. Scott is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center with a focus on African creative industries. Through her work on global partnerships, she brings over thirty-five years of experience and networks to her work and her clients. Scott has held senior executive roles, both domestically and globally, with major nonprofit organizations, in the multilateral world, and in the private sector, as well as the US government. She also has extensive knowledge of and expertise in the African continent.
Scott is founder and principal of America to Africa Consulting, LLC, where she leverages expertise to provide strategic advice, promote private-sector engagement, and broker sound trade and investment linkages between the United States, African countries, and Caribbean countries. Scott serves as a senior advisor to the chief executive officer of Yeleen Enterprises—specifically in her role as co-chair of the US President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Scott also serves as a country manager for Omatapalo, Inc., in the United States, a subsidiary of Omatapalo, which is an engineering, procurement, and construction firm with operations in Angola, several other African countries, and Portugal. Scott previously served as the president of the US–Angola Chamber of Commerce, senior vice president of Africare, and advisor and alternate US executive director to the board of the African Development Bank Group. Scott served on the National Steering Committee of the African Diaspora during the campaign of Joe Biden for president and served as co-chair of this group’s fundraising committee. She twice served on former US President Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign Africa Policy Advisory Committees.
Scott holds an AB degree from Vassar College in political science and Africana studies and a MA in international relations from Yale University. She has also studied at the National Defense University, the Institute of Development Studies, the Sorbonne, University of Paris I, the Institute of European Studies, and the University of Dakar. Scott is fluent in French and knowledgeable of Portuguese.