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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. A seasoned Washington operative, Mr. Hatch has counseled leaders ranging from those at the highest levels of Congress to rock stars. Known for his ability to navigate the corridors of power and his astute relationship-building skills, Mr. Hatch guides his clients with innovative, forward-thinking strategies. Mr. Hatch specializes in legislative and political advocacy as well as strategic brand positioning.
Mr. Hatch counsels clients in a broad array of industries, including those in the nonprofit, international, defense, aerospace, healthcare and technology fields. In doing so, he applies his managerial expertise, strategic planning and legislative/political skills to assist corporations and nonprofit organizations in achieving their strategic interests before the U.S. Congress, White House and executive branch agencies.
Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Hatch was the managing partner of Capitol Management Initiatives (CMI), which he founded in 2001 when approached by Bono, the 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 which led to the passage and funding of the historic $39 billion 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 developed a detailed working knowledge of legislative and parliamentary processes, serving as the whip's "eyes and ears" on the floor of Congress. His success in assisting with the passage of major legislative initiatives was attributed to his exceptional political instincts and vote-counting ability.
At the age of 30, 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. He honed both his strategic planning and operational management skills serving in this position. Leading a staff of 60 professionals and managing a budget of $55 million, he overhauled the committee's operations and shattered previous fundraising records.
Mr. Hatch also served as a presidential appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, working in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. General Services Administration. This was followed by his work with the world's largest federation of businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where, as a member of its Congressional and Public Affairs lobbying team, he helped to advocate for the organization's policy priorities.
A tested communications tactician who has had senior-level dealings with the national media, Mr. Hatch is known for his proactive messaging techniques and crisis communication management skills. He has been featured in numerous articles, including a Washington Post Magazine cover story entitled "The Insider," which praised his judgment, relationship-building skills and ability to maneuver within the legislative process. While on the Hill, Roll Call newspaper repeatedly recognized 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, Md.
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