Hope H. Scott is senior vice president, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Blue Shield of California (Blue Shield), a tax-paying nonprofit health plan with $21 billion in annual revenue, serving more than 4.5 million members in the state’s commercial, individual, and government markets. Scott also chairs the company’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council.
Scott joined Blue Shield in 2012 as Chief Privacy Officer/Privacy Counsel & Deputy Chief Compliance Officer. Recognized for her contributions and leadership, she was promoted to vice president, chief risk & compliance officer in 2015, to deputy general counsel in 2019, and into her current role in 2021. With over three decades of legal practice experience in the fields of healthcare and privacy law, Scott leads and oversees the company’s Law Department.
She is an accomplished and highly regarded attorney with extensive experience providing legal counsel, compliance, and risk management leadership for health care corporations with global exposure. Scott is a collaborative and creative business partner with legal skills and business acumen to contribute to organizational growth and the achievement of strategic objectives. This has brought her national acclaim in privacy, risk, and compliance with a proven record of designing, implementing, and maintaining highly effective and award-winning enterprise risk management, privacy, and corporate compliance programs. Scott is also a volunteer with the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Prior to joining Blue Shield, Scott served as global chief privacy officer & senior privacy counsel with Cigna, as principal of her own law practice (The Law Office of Hope H. Scott), and as senior counsel with Independence Blue Cross. She was named one of the "Most Influential Women in Corporate America" by Savoy Magazine in 2019, and one of the "Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business" by the San Francisco Business Times in 2018.
Scott was graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned her Juris Doctor at Boston University School of Law, where she was honored as a Massachusetts Black Judges Conference Book Award recipient and served as secretary of the National Black Law Students Association. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is California Registered In-House Counsel, and is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional/US.