Scott Kleiman is the Managing Director for the Children & Families practice at the Government Performance Lab at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In this role, Scott directs GPL's work with state and local health and human services agencies to design, implement, and spread solutions that improve outcomes for children and their families. He has led technical assistance engagements in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Washington. His work has helped jurisdictions reduce recidivism among justice-involved foster youth, strengthen protections for children at risk of maltreatment, increase access to child and maternal health services, and improve connections to substance abuse treatment. Scott has trained dozens of government officials on data-driven management techniques and authored GPL’s performance improvement playbook for leaders of public child welfare agencies. He is a Senior Fellow with Casey Family Programs and serves on the advisory committee for Results for America’s Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence.
Prior to joining GPL, Scott led strategic projects in the CEO's office at Ceres, a national nonprofit organization partnering with institutional investors to strengthen corporate sustainability practices, and analyzed municipal infrastructure investments at Bain & Company. He's built pigpens as a farmhand at Spannocchia, an organic farm in Italy, taught cooking to teens at the Washington, DC youth development organization Brainfood, and was a StartingBloc Fellow. Scott earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar and helped found the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing. Scott graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science.