April 14, 2021 – The California Department of Technology welcomed Scott Adams as its new Deputy Director for Broadband and Digital Literacy, a critical role in the push to provide broadband equality throughout California. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Adams April 9.
Broadband has been the signature item in Adams’ professional history. In 2020 he authored the policy paper, Disconnected: Understanding Communication System Failures during Disasters, as Rebuild North Bay’s first-ever scholar-in-residence. He served as a director of government and external affairs for Comcast in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2010-2018, where he led the implementation of the company’s efforts to bring high-speed Internet to low-income households.
Adams’ involvement and background in environmental campaigns and government is extensive. He ran his own consulting firm from 2008-2010, and in 2007 he served as statewide outreach director for California’s Water: A Crisis We Can’t Ignore campaign. In 2006, he was the statewide political director for the Yes on Proposition 87 Clean Alternative Energy Initiative, and served as an aide to Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla from 2003-2005.
He received a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Sonoma.