Scott Cecil

Operations Associate

Overview

Scott is the Operations Associate of the organization and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for HBCU campuses. Scott previously served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region and Southwest Region from 2014-17 and California in 2017. Since entering college in 2009 as a returning student, Scott has been heavily involved in student activism. He turned his attention and efforts primarily towards drug policy and criminal justice reform after he was arrested for marijuana possession in Arizona in 2010. He was the co-founder of the first chapter of SSDP in the state of Arizona at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Scott was elected as a National Student Director on SSDP’s Board of Directors in 2013 where he re-founded the Advisory Council committee and served as a member of the Appointed Directors Committee and the Executive Director Evaluation Committee, roles in which he served until joining the SSDP staff in June of 2014.

Activisim

Scott immediately became involved with advocacy and activism upon re-entering college in 2009. He led efforts to form a student government association at Chandler-Gilbert Community College CGCC in 2010-11. He then served on the Maricopa County Community College District’s Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) where he represented Arizona’s 300,000 community college students at the United States Congress lobbying for student loan reform, student debt forgiveness, and the DREAM Act. Scott also served as the President of the Humanitarian & Environmental Action Team (HEAT) focusing on raising awareness about environmental sustainability, community gardening, urban sprawl in central Arizona, and the “Grow food not lawns” movement. He went on to become the co-founder & co-President of SSDP at CGCC. Scott’s SSDP involvement as a student culminated in the summer of 2014 when he was the principal student organizer of a rally at the Arizona State Capitol in response to that State Senate’s failure to fund medical cannabis research regarding its efficacy as a treatment for combat veterans suffering from PTSD. He was also the host of a college radio news and current events program “CGCC News Radio” from 2011-2013.

Academic & Professional History

Scott graduated from Omaha North High School in May of 2000. He then studied vocal music performance at the University of Nebraska Omaha for 2 years before leaving school for 7 years to re-enter the workforce. In 2009, he returned to Community College earning an Academic Certification in Sustainability & Ecological Literacy in 2011 and an Associate of Arts with a focus on policy in 2012. He then studied Public Agency Management at Northern Arizona University until joining the SSDP staff in 2014.Scott entered the workforce as a freshman in High School and has worked at a carpet & rug warehouse, as a bank teller, in retail management, in telemarketing, and as a server and bartender, and as a ‘budtender’ at a medical cannabis dispensary. He also had a brief stint as an intern with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies MAPS in 2014 on a medical cannabis study for U.S. combat veterans with PTSD. Scott has extensive professional experience in training, training development, and program implementation.