Scott Suckow

Expertise: Health Care & Capacity Building

Scott Suckow is an affiliated partner with VPI Strategies specializing in strategy development, community building and development.  He has raised tens of millions of dollars to fund research, support educational programs and plan advocacy campaigns in his nonprofit career.

Scott undertakes a few consulting assignments annually since his primary position is the Executive Director with the American Liver Foundation Pacific Coast Division.  ALF’s mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.  ALF’s Pacific Coast Division serves communities in San Diego and Imperial Counties and the state of Hawaii.

Previously, Scott served as the Vice President of Development and Government Relations with Mental Health Systems, a large California state-wide provider of behavioral health services.  He is the past Executive Director of the International Bipolar Foundation, a non-profit headquartered in San Diego, with globally accessible programs in over 75 countries.

He has a long history of involvement in the non-profit community, particularly around improving healthcare access and standards of care. He has held leadership positions throughout the country, including San Diego, San Francisco, New York City and Minneapolis with some of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and non-profits:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Huntington’s Disease Society of America
  • International Bipolar Foundation
  • Mental Health America
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association

Over the course of his career, Scott has provided testimony at the local, state and federal levels of government.  He has coached non-profit executives on the “Art of Storytelling”, taught community partners how to “Develop and Leverage Relationship Capital” and presented seminars on “Advocating for Change”.  In addition, Scott has mentored non-profit leaders on presenting the agency’s “Case for Support” and conducted small group sessions on media training for agency spokespersons.

Scott has served on numerous national, state and local boards of directors.  He was also the appointee on three county government level commissions, focused on HIV/AIDS, health & human services and poverty.  Scott was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch,” is a LEAD San Diego graduate, and received an Outstanding Community Partner Award from Community Health Improvement Partners.