Scott Pattison
Executive Director


  • School finance and spending
  • School funding

Scott Pattison serves as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association, the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Pattison works with governors to identify and prioritize issues facing states, identifies challenges and solutions to those challenges and oversees the day-to-day operations of the association. Prior to joining NGA, Pattison served more than 14 years as director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, supporting governors’ chief financial officers and budget directors by providing expert analysis to guide state budget practices and decisions. Pattison recently served on the board of Old Dominion University and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond. He is also a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration, serves on the board of the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and is a former chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University, Pattison went on to receive his law degree from the University of Virginia. He’s frequently interviewed by news organizations about public policy issues.