• Scott D. Hatch

    Managing Director
    Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy
    shatch@manatt.com
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    Education
    University of Notre Dame, B.A., History, 1990.
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    Profile

    Scott Hatch is a Managing Director in the Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. 

    Known for his exceptional strategic instincts, relationship-building skills and ability to navigate the corridors of power, Mr. Hatch has counseled leaders in the highest levels of Congress, business and nonprofit circles. He advises clients in commercial and political dealings in a broad array of sectors, such as defense, digital currency, energy, healthcare, nonprofit and technology. Mr. Hatch leads with innovative, forward-thinking strategies, specializing in policy development, legislative advocacy, and strategic brand positioning.

    Before joining Manatt, Mr. Hatch was the founder and managing partner of Capitol Management Initiatives (CMI). He founded CMI in 2001 when approached by Bono, lead singer of the band U2, to represent his antipoverty foundation, now known as the ONE Campaign. Mr. Hatch worked closely with Bono on many initiatives, most notably facilitating a bipartisan agreement between the White House and Congress on passing and funding the historic President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) legislation.

    Prior to CMI, Mr. Hatch spent years strengthening his political, messaging, and lobbying skills through various emerging roles in the government, political, and association arenas. As Chief Floor Assistant to the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, he honed his vote-counting ability serving as the Whip's "eyes and ears" on the floor of Congress. Employing his astute consensus-building capability and a mastery of the congressional appropriations and authorizing process, Mr. Hatch facilitated the advancement of over 100 pieces of legislation, including the Contract with America and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

    Mr. Hatch was selected by the Republican House leaders to serve as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the youngest in its history at age 30. The NRCC is the organization charged with leading national efforts to elect Republicans to the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Executive Director, Mr. Hatch led a staff of 60 professionals, managed a budget of $55 million, overhauled the Committee's operations and significantly exceeded previous fundraising records.

    As presidential appointee in the George H.W. Bush Administration, Mr. Hatch served in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. General Services Administration. This was followed by his work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he helped to advocate for the organization's policy priorities as a member of the Congressional and Public Affairs lobbying team.

    A tested communications tactician with senior-level dealings in the national media, Mr. Hatch is known for his proactive messaging techniques and his crisis communication-management skills. He has been profiled in numerous articles, including a Washington Post Magazine cover story titled "The Insider" that recognized his judgment, relationship-building skills and ability to maneuver within the legislative process. Further, Roll Call newspaper repeatedly selected him as one of the "50 Most Powerful and Influential Staffers in Washington." He serves as a guest lecturer, panelist and advisor before conferences and in private discussions with corporate and nonprofit leaders.

    A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in History, Mr. Hatch is a rabid Fighting Irish football fan and resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

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