Shavion Scott is a strategist, consultant, urban planner and advisor with a keen sense of collective power and social impact. She joined Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) as the new Managing Director of Urban Resilience in June 2022 and brings with her more than 15 years of experience in the marketplace. Her background includes management consulting, information technology and the digital divide, sustainable land use as well as community, economic and human capital development. Prior to CNT, Shavion served as the Deputy Director with Austin Coming Together (ACT) on the west side of Chicago, where she led people, operations, and programs management to guide the successful implementation of Austin’s first ever quality of life plan, the organization’s strategic plan, Hub activities, policy efforts, wellness initiatives, as well as COVID response. Prior to ACT, she served as the Director of Developer Services with Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) on the south side of Chicago, where she led their compliance, construction management and real estate development consulting division and managed a multimillion-dollar project portfolio of residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. An urban planner and entrepreneur, Shavion has transferred private sector knowledge into nonprofit environments to empower communities with ownership in the development process; aiming to create spaces that revitalize, not displace. She has vast experience in economic development and is driven to cultivate strategic partnerships that will be beneficial at all levels and across industries.
Shavion holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning as well as a certificate in Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has held professional memberships with the American Planning Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, Planners Network, Urban Land Institute, and Women in Planning and Development, where she served as Board Chairman and President. She is a graduate of the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP Chicago, 2018) and Crain’s Leadership Academy (Chicago, 2019). Additional board service includes New Leaders Council, Chicago Chapter, where prior she was a 2019 Fellow. Shavion Scott is also an alum of the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago through the Center for Effective Government, where she was a 2020 Fellow.
A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Shavion has enjoyed Chicago as her second home for many years. Her pastimes include basketball, tennis, golf, fishing, nature walks, game nights, social clubs, music and live performance venues.