Hope Scott is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Blue Shield of California, a tax-paying nonprofit health plan with $22.9 billion in annual revenue, serving more than 4.7 million members in the state’s commercial, individual, and government markets. She leads the company’s law and government affairs departments. Scott also chairs the company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.
Scott joined Blue Shield in 2012 as chief privacy officer/privacy counsel and deputy chief compliance officer. Recognized for her contributions and leadership, Scott was promoted to vice president, chief risk and compliance officer in 2015, to deputy general counsel in 2019, and into her current role in 2021. With more than 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 healthcare corporations with global exposure. Scott is a collaborative and creative business partner with legal skills and business acumen that she contributes to the health plan’s organizational growth and strategic goals. 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.
Prior to joining Blue Shield, Scott served as global chief privacy officer and senior privacy counsel with Cigna, as principal of her own law practice 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 is also a volunteer with the Alameda County Community Food Bank
Scott graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and earned her Juris Doctorate 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 a California Registered In-House Counsel, and is an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Professional/US.