Aperture Strategies is a strategic advisory and communications firm working with corporations, coalitions, nonprofits, trade associations and elected officials to navigate public affairs, policy and management challenges and advise them on developments in Washington and across the globe.
Scott Mulhauser is the founding partner of Aperture Strategies, a strategic advisory firm working with corporations, coalitions, non-profits and trade associations to navigate public affairs, communications and management challenges and advise them on developments domestically and across the globe.
Scott has served in senior positions across the globe, most recently as chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he helped run one of the largest and busiest posts in the world with five consulates, 49 federal agencies and more than 2,000 employees and their families. He represented the U.S. across China, traveling to more than half of China’s provinces to lead trade missions and speak on behalf of the U.S. government as he worked with leaders in both countries to advance the U.S.-China relationship. In particular, he worked closely with companies, organizations, media outlets, universities and public officials to help them explore opportunities, manage relationships and respond to crises in China, Asia and across the globe.
Prior to his time in Beijing, Scott worked in senior management and communications roles, including work as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, traveling across the country with the Vice President and overseeing key pieces of his campaign operation, including the communications and messaging portfolio.
He spent more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch as he helped run Congressional offices and committees and federal agencies, playing leadership roles in numerous landmark policy and political battles, running communications, messaging, strategy and more. That work included time helping run the Senate Finance Committee, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the offices of U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and John Breaux and more.
During his years on the Finance Committee, Scott was immersed in major policy accomplishments in health care, international trade, tax policy, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, energy and more. He led successful messaging campaigns that included including passage and enactment of the health care law, trade negotiations and agreements, tax cuts, unemployment insurance, budget battles and more. And at the Export-Import Bank, he helped direct more than 400 staff at a federal agency that supports U.S. jobs through financing exports to international markets, supporting tens of billions of dollars in U.S. exports and hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
Scott is a professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and was selected as a fellow by Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and the University of Pennsylvania's new Perry World House. He is also an attorney who has spent time in private practice.
In addition, Scott regularly appears in media interviews and on panels, discussing politics and policy on topics ranging from campaigns and elections to Congress and the White House to health, tax and international developments. He is featured in print and on-air regularly in media outlets ranging from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Politico, Buzzfeed, Roll Call and more.
Scott is a Washington, D.C. native where he suffered each season as a lifelong D.C. sports fan until the amazing 2018 Stanley Cup won by his beloved Capitals. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center.