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Scott Schwaitzberg


Tusk Ventures is the first political strategy firm focused primarily on helping startups navigate the political, regulatory, and media hurdles that come with reshaping entrenched industries.Scott (@sjttocs) developed and runs Task Ventures practice to help colleges, universities and institutions across the nation improve their performance in student retention and quantitative and qualitative ranking and metrics. Scott additionally manages the efforts of the Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies to provide sophisticated political counsel and expertise to hunger advocacy groups and food banks in cities and states across the country to better leverage government benefits and funding on issues like school breakfasts, food stamp enrollment and other issues that impact hunger and food insecurity.

Scott has experience across the private, public and philanthropic sectors. Most recently, he worked in two roles at the intersection of social impact and technology. On the product and strategy team at Google.org, Scott led a number of projects to reinvent how people and governments interact via technology. He also recently worked on the leadership team at Catchafire, an early-stage technology startup focused on reinventing the skills-based volunteering space. Prior to Google, Scott served New York City as Deputy Chief of Staff to Howard Wolfson, a Deputy Mayor in the Bloomberg Administration, where he managed a wide ranging set of initiatives from public wi-fi installations to solving the feral cat problem in New York public housing.

Scott began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he helped clients in the technology, finance, retail and philanthropic space solve major strategic and operational questions. He left McKinsey as an engagement manager in 2010. Scott sits on the board of The NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), and previously served as the first public member of the San Francisco Committee on Information Technology, the governance and oversight body for technology decisions for the City and County of San Francisco. Scott graduated with high honors with a B.A. in Plan II and Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.

The Conference starts on May 1st

Conference Talk:  Technology Innovation and Trump's Agenda - Where Do We Go From Here?

Presenter: Scott Schwaitzberg

President Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. How will his agenda, the first year he is in office, impact Silicon Valley and technology innovation in the country for the next year and what do we, as citizens, entrepreneurs, and consumers, need to know in order to participate in shaping technology innovation policy that will impact us for years to come?


This special workshop will be reflecting on the past year in technology innovation legislation and looking ahead at expectations for 2017. Focusing specifically on technology innovation policies and legislation, and using current events and expert insight as a guide, Scott Schwaitzberg will provide an overview of the most pressing legislative issues in emerging technologies and highlight the issues technology companies and the Trump administration will most likely focus on in 2017.




  • Learn how legislation drives (and sometimes inhibits) technology innovation and how government, technology companies, and lobbyists enact policy change.
  • Gain an understanding of how Trump's administration can drastically change the direction of our economy (for better or for worse) based on his stance on current technology innovation issues.
  • Find out how you can participate in technology policy discussions.



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The Conference starts on May 1st