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