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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.
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
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
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.
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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