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Remembering Carlottia Scott

Carlottia Scott lived an exemplary life of public service including in the United States House of Representatives where she was Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Ron Dellums and later to U.S. Representative Barbara Lee. She was a member of the founding cohort of Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows in the 103rd Congress and helped establish the Stennis Emerging Staff Leaders Program and the Stennis Congressional Intern Program. Carlottia was an inspirational role model and mentor to many who came to serve on Capitol Hill and was a valued friend and colleague to those who served alongside her.

Carlottia died February 27, 2024 in Surfside, South Carolina, leaving behind her beloved family including three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held April 20 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Carlottia was an exceptional leader and organizer whose many contributions included coordinating Nelson Mandela’s first visit to the United States in 1990. She later served as an advisor to the Mandela Freedom Fund and worked alongside Nelson Mandela to establish an election system in South Africa. She was Chief of Politics for the Democratic National Committee and co-founded the African American Women’s Fund and was Secretary of the Board of Directors for Peace Action. She was an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University where she also served as practicum advisor to the School of Social Work. While she provided leadership during her career at the highest levels of government, she also worked tirelessly to make life better at the local level in the communities where she later lived in California and South Carolina.

We mourn Carlottia’s passing and give thanks for her life of leadership and service. Her obituary is available at this link:

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