Scott’s family moved to San Ramon in 1980 where he attended San Ramon Valley USD schools. He attended the University of San Francisco where he received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management Information Systems. Largely due to the excellent education he received in his youth, Scott believes K-12 education is singlehandedly society’s most important mission.
Scott’s 20 years of broad financial services experience includes M&A valuation strategy for Arthur Andersen; procuring debt financing to Silicon Valley technology companies at Morgan Stanley; and, raising millions in private placement financing for a software startup, providing the opportunity for business expansion across the US and internationally into Dubai, UAE and other parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. In this role Scott was able to work overseas with a variety of world cultures.
The financial crisis of 2008 shifted Scott’s focus to empowering young families, specifically educating them regarding the importance of saving and planning for college. So, Scott moved on to portfolio management with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management identifying, training, and developing top talent in the Bay Area. He employed his driving principles of strategy and holistic financial planning at WestPac Wealth Partners; and is currently providing strategies to help clients make smarter financial decisions securing today and tomorrow both personally and professionally at Mass Mutual.
For most of Scott’s adult life, he has been involved in helping bridge resources to education, particularly financial aid for at-risk youth and low-income families. In 2017, Scott founded a charitable organization to support greater access to extra-curricular activities. With the driving belief that athletics, music, and the Arts & Sciences are essential to the successful development of children, Scott partnered with his sister, San Ramon’s own soccer Phenom: Olympic and World Cup Gold Medalist Tiffany Roberts-Sahaydak. Together, Scott and Tiffany hosted athletic clinics benefiting financial aid programs for local soccer leagues. This venture was born out of a passion for helping others and ensuring families can keep their children participating in the activities they love, just as Scott and Tiffany did in their youth.
Scott has really enjoyed being able to participate in the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation’s (SRVEF) annual Run for Education to raise much needed funds for the schools. You may have seen him guiding traffic to parking, staffing the Foundation’s information booth, guiding the youth volunteers to their assignments, or chatting with parents and students as they finish their races. While this year’s run is vastly different, Scott is out there encouraging people to sign up and run (safely) as funding is perhaps more important than ever this year.
Commitment to Service
Scott’s community service is based on a strong sense of civic duty and the desire to give back to the place where he grew up and has always called home. He serves on the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) Board of Directors and the SRVUSD Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. As a board member of the SRVEF, Scott makes critical decisions on individual schools’ programs and funding. He also serves on the District’s Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, providing oversight and transparency on District expenditures. He has cultivated relationships with district staff, teachers, students, and parents and he understands key issues and areas for improvement.
He is a San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commissioner. He also serves as President of the De La Salle Alumni Association’s Board of Directors; and serves on the Board of the Tri-Valley Chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA). Prior to his appointment to the Parks & Community Services Commission, he served on San Ramon’s Economic Development Advisory Committee.
His civic and educational involvement has allowed Scott to build and maintain relationships with district staff, teachers, students and parents and he understands key issues and areas for improvement. As a current San Ramon Commissioner, Scott has experience working closely with city officials and understands that bringing resources together is critical. He believes he can bridge this gap through his active involvement in the school district and local government.
Current experience in the community:
- Parks & Community Services Commissioner
- San Ramon Education Foundation – Board Member
- SRVUSD Parcel Tax Oversight Committee – Member
Past experience in the community:
- Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) – Member
- San Ramon City Walk – Walking District – Committee Chair
- Leadership San Ramon Valley – Class of 2017
Supporting youth in the SRVUSD is like coming home. He’s happy to be able to give back to the community in which he grew up.