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Scott Syphax, CEO - Nehemiah Corporation of America


Scott Syphax is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies, a Sacramento, CA based social enterprise and real estate development firm. Scott leads the development team of Township 9 - a 3,000 unit master-planned, smart-growth community in downtown Sacramento. As CEO of Nehemiah, he manages the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, which has leveraged over $880 million in projects to spur development in low-income and underserved communities. Through Nehemiah Corporation of America’s former flagship program, The Nehemiah Program, Nehemiah provided more than $1.5 billion in downpayment assistance gift funds to help over 320,000 families achieve their dream of homeownership.

During his tenure as CEO, the Nehemiah Social Enterprise has been studied by organizations as diverse as the Milken Institute and Bridgespan Group for its achievements in social innovation and asset development in low-income communities throughout the United States.

Mr. Syphax serves as a Director, and former Vice-Chairman, of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Scott also serves as a Director of Norcal Mutual Insurance Company of San Francisco and of Medicus Insurance Company of Austin, Texas. He serves as Chairman of the Northern California regional think-tank Valley Vision; serves on the Board of the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter; and serves on the California Department of Insurance’s Task Force of Supplier Diversity and Board Governance. Scott is a former Director for the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Trustees, Finance & Planning Committee. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Coro Foundation in New York City and past Vice-Chairman of the Corporate Fund Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Syphax was recently named by the Financial Times’ Agenda Magazine as a member of the Compensation 100: Top Board Candidates for Compensation Committees and named 2013 Executive Leader of the Year by PolicyLink.

Mr. Syphax is the Host and Co-Executive Producer of the International Telly and Emmy award-winning talk show, Studio Sacramento, on PBS affiliate KVIE.

Mr. Syphax earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis on Real Estate Development and Land Use Planning from the California State University, Sacramento. Scott received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drexel University. He was also an Executive Fellow with the Coro Foundation and a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

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