Dr. Scott Todd leads Compassion’s Global Advocacy efforts and represents the organization in networks focused on children, mission, development and poverty eradication. Prior to this post, he served as the Senior Vice President of International Partner Development and was the principle liaison between 11 International Partner organizations of the Global Partner Alliance and Compassion International. During his tenure at Compassion he has also served as the Senior Ministry Advisor in the President’s Office and the Director of the AIDS Initiative, the Child Survival Program, and Complementary Interventions — a set of programs ranging from disaster response to Bible distribution.
Scott serves on the Board of Directors for North America’s largest network of Christian relief and development organizations (ACCORD). He is the author of several published works, including Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty, and is co-author of Shared Strength: Exploring Cross-Cultural Christian Partnerships. Scott is also one of the architects and Chairman of the Board of the 58: organization—an action-based alliance of world-class, poverty-fighting organizations that have joined together to unleash the power and possibilities of the global Church to end extreme poverty.
Prior to his work at Compassion, Scott was an award-winning scientist and a winner of multiple grants in medical research. After receiving a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California, he was a National Lymphoma Foundation Scholar at Stanford University Medical Center. His medical research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health. Scott is a senior author on over a dozen scientific articles published in biomedical journals and holds a patent for the treatment of Hepatitis C.
A passionate follower of Jesus Christ, Scott left academic research to join Compassion International in 2003. He began learning from children, parents and pastors across the developing world and applied that learning by leading design teams for innovative programs in holistic child development and in shaping the development philosophy of Compassion.
A renowned expert on global poverty, Scott is a sought-after and gifted communicator with a passion for making the case that ending extreme poverty is not only possible, but probable in our lifetime. He has spoken in churches, conferences, workshops and leadership events across Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as in the U.S. He has been featured in national television and radio news interviews, where he champions the importance of children, the criticality of the church and the centrality of Christ.