Scott Roller

Scott Roller

Strategic Communications Officer, The Heinz Endowments

Scott Roller is the strategic communications officer for The Heinz Endowments. Scott works with the communications team and grantmaking colleagues to bring visibility to grantee projects, with an emphasis on those that promote a more just and equitable region.

Scott co-produces The Heinz Endowments’ “We Can Be” podcast, now in its second season. The podcast – hosted by Endowments President Grant Oliphant – focuses on equity and social change in the creativity, learning, and sustainability realms. Recent/upcoming “We Can Be” guests include: San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmin Yulin Cruz; Love Canal environmentalist Lois Gibbs; mother of Trayvon Martin/activist Sybrina Fulton; and Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor/activist who uncovered Flint, Michigan’s contaminated lead water crisis.

Scott’s interest in the environment, arts, education and community development have shaped his professional work in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds. He joined the Endowments in 2017 after four years heading the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy’s media work, which included generating regional, national and international coverage for The Frick Environmental Center, Mellon Square and August Wilson Park projects.

Prior to the Conservancy, Scott lent his marketing and communication skills to Giant Eagle’s entertainment division, including work with their diversity and inclusion, and government relations groups. Stints as area coordinator and environmental human rights program regional representative for Amnesty International, and marketing/communications representative for Universal Music Group round out his professional portfolio.

Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Wittenberg University, and holds a master’s degree in English literature from Duquesne University. He grew up on a farm in Greenford, Ohio, serves on the board of the Environmental Charter School, and on the Advisory Board of Variety Children’s Charity. He has exhibited his photography ( at the Andy Warhol Museum, Imagebox, Epcot Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Podcasting and Philanthropy

Marquette Ballroom III

Podcasting is a relatively new media format, but it is already demonstrating extraordinary impact. With support from philanthropy, public media is leading the way in this format with deep investigations, powerful stories, and an increasing diversity of creative voices. At the same time, foundations can themselves employ podcasting as a way of telling their own stories and engaging grantees and other thought leaders in lively discourse about social change. In this session, attendees will hear from Samara Freemark, whose In The Dark podcast delves into the story of Curtis Flowers, a Mississippi man who, based on flimsy testimony amid extraordinary […]

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