Scott Douglas, III, a native of Nashville, TN, attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he co-founded the UT Black Students Union. Residing in Birmingham since 1976, he served as executive director of the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice from 1984-1989. He was southern regional representative of the Partnership for Democracy Foundation from 1989-1992. After a stint as Environmental Justice Grassroots Organizer for the Sierra Club/Southeast, Scott became executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries. GBM is an ecumenical, multi-faith, multi-constituency, and multi-racial organization that provides emergency services to families in economic crisis while assisting low-income neighborhoods empower themselves to reclaim their communities on a basis of participatory, transparent, and democratically accountable inclusiveness.
Scott serves as Secretary of the Birmingham Center for Affordable Housing and is a board member of Democracy South, the Alabama Poverty Project, the Progressive Technology Project, the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, AIDS Alabama, and Equality Alabama. Scott also serves as a member of the advisory council of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health and the steering committees of the Alabama Organizing Project, the Deep South Leadership Network and the PushBack Network. Scott is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama and is a founding board member of the Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama.