Wagner Graduate School of Public Service


Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Clinical Professor of Public Service; Director of Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment Specialization

Scott Taitel is Clinical Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Impact, Innovation & Investment at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He received the Professor of the Year Award at Wagner’s 2017 convocation. He teaches numerous courses including Managing Financial and Social Returns of Social Enterprises, Social Impact Investment, Corporate Finance & Public Policy, and Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations and leads an interdisciplinary practicum of NYU Wagner and NYU Stern Business students in the development of a student-operated Impact Investment Fund.


Professor Taitel has also created the Social Innovation & Investment Initiative at Wagner which serves as a central hub and incubator in the field of social finance bringing together policymakers, philanthropists, finance professionals, nonprofits and foundations to collaboratively strengthen the growing field.  The Initiative has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


As former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing impact investment funds and the oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises as well as economic development, health and nutrition projects throughout the developing world.


Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Professor Taitel was a managing partner of an international venture capital firm and held numerous senior executive roles in both private and public multinational technology companies.  His earlier career was as an economic development planner with both urban government and community action agencies.


Professor Taitel has a Bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies from Syracuse University and an MBA from Northeastern University where he taught as an adjunct faculty member.

Areas of Expertise


International Development

Social Innovation

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