As a lobbyist for Flaherty & Hood, Scott McMahon uses his experience in public policy advocacy, grassroots engagement, and coalition development to design and implement strategies to advance the legislative priorities of his clients. His advocacy work focuses on issues of economic development, business regulations, local sales taxes, and capital investment
After working in Washington D.C., Scott was drawn to a career in government relations from his experience seeing first-hand the critical role lobbyists play in making sure policymakers have the information they need to make decisions effectively, as well as the need for policymakers to fully understand how their decisions will affect different stakeholders. Additionally, Scott enjoys seeing the fruits of his work in the benefits he achieves for his clients, but also the benefits his work brings to the communities, institutions, and customers served by his clients.
Prior to joining Flaherty & Hood in 2018, Scott worked extensively across Minnesota advancing policy ideas and agendas on a variety of key issues. For the past decade he has worked on workforce and economic development issues, first as the Director of Government and Community Affairs with the Minnesota Private College Council, then as a consultant forging partnerships between four-year universities, two-year community colleges and communities to better align education programs with workforce needs. Before that, Scott worked as the research director at the National Institute for Health Policy on policies affecting health care and long-term care delivery, access and affordability.
Scott grew up in Algona, Iowa, and now lives in St. Paul with his wife Melanie and two children. When he is not busy at the Capitol or around the state working on behalf of his clients, you can usually find him on the sidelines of a soccer field or at a hockey arena cheering on his kids. His interests include biking and hiking, barbecuing, and travel.