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Scott McDonald
Director, Business and Program Development


Scott McDonald is a director of business and program development at the Milken Institute, where he works alongside the Institute’s eight centers covering innovative finance, medical research, aging, public health, and philanthropy to position their work and leverage new and existing partnerships for optimal impact.

McDonald has worked with leading global companies and brands, as well as some of the world’s most active individual philanthropists and foundations to create and sustain meaningful collaborations in support of a range of issues and agendas. This included overseeing the Guggenheim Museum’s global corporate and government relations, and as vice president of private sector engagement at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), working with companies and foundations to support the IRC’s humanitarian and emergency response efforts in 30+ countries and with resettled refugees in 26 cities across the United States. He has also worked at the foundations of U.S. President Bill Clinton and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, in the Mayor of London’s Office, and at a number of the UK’s leading cultural institutions. He started his career in corporate banking.

McDonald is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Art, London.