Kelly Scott Hoffmann

Senior Affiliate

Kelly Scott Hoffmann supports HCM’s education clients, continuing a career dedicated to expanding opportunities for students, families and communities. Kelly’s experience spans the private, non-profit and government sectors, affording her a well-rounded perspective on developing and advancing sound policies and programs. Known for her crisp writing, analytical eye and collaborative spirit, she has excelled in working with diverse internal and external stakeholders across these settings.

Kelly previously served as vice president of Margaret Spellings & Company, a policy and strategy consulting firm, where she worked with clients on strategic program development, management and execution, as well as policy development, analysis and communications. In that role, she represented the Goldman Sachs Foundation as a program officer for the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, launching and overseeing several program sites across the country. Previously, she directed policy and research at the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind. Her executive branch experience includes senior policy and management roles at the U.S. Department of Education and shaping and coordinating Administration education policy, budget priorities and strategy as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

As committee and subcommittee staff in the U.S. Senate under Senators Judd Gregg and Lamar Alexander, Kelly worked on nearly every major piece of education legislation—from ESEA oversight to the reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act, IDEA, Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Head Start, and the Workforce Investment Act—as well as the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program and Hurricane Katrina recovery for schools. She began her career at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation (now Institute), a nonprofit dedicated to educational excellence for all children, which ignited her belief in the importance of high standards, accountability, and choice in education.

Kelly graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She lives near Dayton, Ohio with her husband, daughter and rescue pup.



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