Scott Emerson Bio

After a thorough search process, United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Emerson as President & CEO. Scott will officially assume this role on February 1, 2018.


Scott has served 31 years with the American Red Cross in Missouri and Nevada, the first 12 as a volunteer. His roles have included leading and modernizing the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is currently serving as the American Red Cross’ Divisional Chief Operations Officer & Southern Nevada Executive Director. Scott has proven himself as a dedicated leader, growing resources and developing strategic partnerships to improve local services for our community.

He has a rich history of collaborating and building coalitions to improve services to the community; most notably earning a partnership award from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) for co-joined efforts between the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Scott is the recipient of several awards including the Non-Profit Administrator of the Year from the American Society of Public Administrators, Golden Hand Service Award from the Cultural Diversity Foundation, Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership (the highest volunteer leadership award in the American Red Cross) and Spirit of Excellence for Direct Service Beyond the Chapter. He is a graduate of the Non-Profit Management Certificate program; a partnership between the United Way of Southern Nevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

With a focus on innovation and collective impact, Scott will collaborate with UWSN supporters and actively engage the community to create measurable impact through United Way’s Community-Based Agenda, a roadmap to improving lives through early education, high school achievement, post-secondary attainment and workforce supports. Using information from United Way’s recently-launched information hub, Community Connect, Scott will also lead the organization’s efforts to fund community work using data and research, both of which are critical to solving Southern Nevada’s greatest challenges.