Scott Hamilton became the president of the Golden LEAF Foundation in November 2019. In this role, Scott is responsible for working with the Golden LEAF Board of Directors to develop and implement the foundation’s grantmaking priorities and strategies, overseeing the foundation’s investments, and managing the day to dayoperations of the organization.
Hamilton previously served as executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Washington, D.C. and in leadership roles with various county and regional economic development organizations in North Carolina, including as president and CEO of AdvantageWest, a nonprofit regional economic development partnership serving the 23 westernmost counties of North Carolina.
Hamilton is a current member and past president of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association and has held leadership positions with numerous boards and organizations across North Carolina. He served for 11 years as a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Hamilton received additional training and certification in economic development from the University of North Carolina School of Government and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center’s Rural Economic Development Institute.
About Golden LEAF
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.
Over two decades, Golden LEAF has funded 2,058 projects totaling more than $1.1 billion. These projects have helped create 66,000 jobs, more than $700 million in new payrolls, and have trained more than 90,000 workers.