A. Scott Bolden: A Lifetime of Community Service

Social Activism is in Scott’s Blood. Born in Joliet Illinois, Scott’s parents taught him valuable lessons about hard work and commitment to social justice. Scott’s mother worked as a college administrator— his father a civil rights lawyer representing the disenfranchised and those protesting for their equal rights. His parents lead by example, and these lessons have stuck with Scott through all he has accomplished.

Pursuing a bid to become at-large councilmember on the Washington D.C. city council is the next step in Scott’s lifelong journey. He’s willing to leave from a lucrative law practice because Washington is a world-class city that lacks world-class leadership. DC’s present fiscal policies has led to two Americas in the Nation’s capital— and a failure to equally address the major issues that still face our city—education, healthcare delivery, young people and crime, the growing social and economic divide and statehood/DC voting rights--as result our whole city suffers. Yet, we keep electing the same politicians over and over and we keep receiving the same mediocre, or even failed results. We need a transformation… We need a renewed commitment to excellence in leadership and to reject the mediocrity or failed results of the past.

A Community Leader, not a Politician. Scott is not an incumbent, but a political outsider with a proven record of successful leadership— in business, law, and community service. Scott has the know-how, political will, and courage to bring change to city government. He is tough enough to tackle DC’s biggest challenges and he is beholden to no-one.

A Morehouse College cum laude graduate, Scott went on to get his law degree from Howard University.

A successful attorney. After law school Scott became an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's office, where he was a tough prosecutor acting as lead counsel in over numerous complex criminal trials. In 1990, Scott returned to the District of Columbia, where he worked with Ward 8's Wilhelmina Rolark as legal counsel to the DC Judiciary Committee.

In 1991 Scott joined the Litigation Group at the Reed Smith law firm. He quickly rose in the ranks of Reed Smith becoming full equity partner in only 4 years and has built one of the largest litigation practices at the firm. His practice focuses on government relations and complex civil and criminal defense work.

A respected business and community leader. Scott is a 1997 Leadership Washington graduate, serves on the Individual Development Inc board and a former member of the board of Sequoia Bank. He is former president of the DC Chamber of Commerce, and was chair of the Recreation Wish List Committee, which built the South East Tennis and Learning Center. Scott has also been chair of the DC Democratic Party. He's a Parishioner of Saint Augustine's Catholic Church.

A. Scott Bolden is living the American dream… three beautiful daughters, a granddaughter, a successful legal and business career. But A. Scott knows that all these blessings bring responsibility and duty to public and community service.

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