Scott Emerson Bio

Scott Emerson
President & CEO

Appointed President and CEO of United Way of Southern on February 1, 2018, Scott is committed to uniting our community to improve people's lives. A dedicated community advocate and problem solver, Scott will bring partners and donors together to create measurable community impact. With a focus on collaboration and innovation, Scott will help to lead the organization as it impacts thousands of families across Southern Nevada.

Scott 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.

Using information from United Way’s recently-launched information hub, Community Connect, Scott will also lead the organization’s efforts to creative innovative solutions fund community work using data and research, both of which are critical to solving Southern Nevada’s greatest challenges.