The Student Congress at Hope College sponsored a lecture "From Washington to Wall Street: Who is looking out for Main Street?" by Hope graduate Matt Scogin, who is a senior staff member with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and was formerly with the U.S. Treasury Department, on Monday, March 15. Scogin, who is vice president and chief of staff to the chief executive officer at the NYSE, offered his perspective on what needs to change in Washington and on Wall Street to advance a common economic good for the nation. Scogin graduated from Hope in 2002 with majors in political science and economics.
For the year after graduation, he served as a senior advisor for State Representative Barb Vander Veen in Lansing. He subsequently attended the graduate program in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., graduating with a Master's of Public Policy degree in 2005. During 2005-06 he held a year-long research fellowship in Germany, sponsored by the Bosch Foundation, to study welfare reform and labor markets. He later joined the staff of the United States Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., serving as senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. He has also worked previously for Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Wachovia Bank in Charlotte, N.C.
Scogin, who is originally from Portage, is himself a past member of the college's Student Congress, and served as the organization's president during 2000-01 and vice president during 1999-2000. He was involved in numerous other campus organizations and college activities as a student. During the spring of 2001, he held an internship in the Office of Political Affairs in the White House while participating in the college’s Washington Honors Semester.