– Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS SCHOOL OF LAW
– Juris Doctor, 2000
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
– B.A., Political Science-Public Service, 1997
ORANGE COAST COLLEGE, COSTA MESA
– Associate of Arts
Scott Lay served from 2006 to 2014 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California, which is the nonprofit association serving California’s 72 community college districts in education and leadership development, district services and governmental relations.
He joined the League as an intern while a student at UC Davis in 1995 after serving as Legislative Chair of the California Student Association of Community Colleges. After dropping out of high school, he attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
He attended UC Davis for undergraduate—earning a B.A. in Political Science-Public Service—and law school. At the Martin Luther King Hall School of Law, he served as president of the Law Students Association, and worked as a research assistant in constitutional law and international economic and legal systems development. He graduated from UC Davis Law as a public law scholar and passed the California bar exam in 2000.
While he chose government relations and education policy rather than entering legal practice, Scott continues to be involved in the legal community through professional organizations and activities with King Hall.
He has founded two websites dedicated to California elections and State Capitol information.
His daily political and policy newsletter “The Nooner” has over 9,000 subscribers and has been named by the Washington Post as a top political blog in California.
During his time at the Community College League, he was recognized as a fiscal policy expert and was named an “Honorary Chief Business Officer” in 2005 by the Association of Chief Business Officials for his work rewriting the community college funding formula. He worked his way from intern to Vice President, and then was named President/CEO.
In 2010, he was the primary author of A 2020 Vision for Student Success, a report advancing the recommendations of the League’s Commission on the Future, and served on the implementation team of the American Association of Community Colleges student success effort.
He is vice president Open California, a public interest nonprofit corporation supporting state government journalism through the publication of Capitol Weekly and statewide forums.
He was named “Forty Under 40” community and business leaders by the Sacramento Business Journal. In 2013 and 2014, he was named “Top 100” of the most influential non-elected people in California politics and policy.