Rep. Jamie Scott, Pulaski County Youth Services (40 Under 40)

Rep. Jamie Scott, Pulaski County Youth Services (40 Under 40)
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Rep. Jamie Scott, 37
Executive Director
Pulaski County Youth Services, Little Rock

Jamie Scott was working behind the scenes to make a difference until a conference in Washington sent her front and center.

“That’s when I knew that I was going to run for office, and that I had to dream bigger for myself because of the impact I could have for the state,” she said. “It took me going to that conference and listening to a story from an elected official, a woman from a third-world country. She’s telling me how the struggle was for her to just get to the capital to cast a vote, how women were killed … It gave me a lot of perspective.”

Scott, a Democrat from North Little Rock, said she’s proudest of helping low-income students become the first in their families to earn college degrees and of being the youngest black woman elected to the Arkansas General Assembly.

As a legislator, Scott is focusing on juvenile justice reform.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arkansas State University and completed the executive education leadership program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.