Scott Eisner

President, U.S.-Africa Business Center
Sr. Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Scott Eisner is president of the U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also an officer at the Chamber serving as senior vice president. The U.S.-Africa Business Center is the business community's leading advocacy group aimed at strengthening U.S.-Africa trade relations. He directs the strategic activities of the USAfBC as it engages with senior-level U.S. government officials, international business leaders, and African governments. He is a former member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. 

Previously, Eisner was head of operations for the Chamber's International Affairs Division and vice president, African Affairs. Before that, he was deputy chief of staff at the Chamber, where he oversaw the Executive Office and was the senior staffer to the Chamber's president and CEO. He began his career at the Chamber as director of programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, formerly known as the National Chamber Foundation.

Before joining the Chamber, Eisner's had a diverse career across multiple sectors, including time in politics working on Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign and his reelection to the Senate in 2004. He worked for the International Republican Institute in Malawi, Africa, where he trained political parties on communications and campaign tactics. He was director of business development for the Kronk Boxing Gym, home to numerous world champions, including Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Lennox Lewis.

Eisner was selected in 2019 to be a Presidential Leadership Scholars. Presidential Leadership Scholars brings together bold and principled leaders who are committed to facing critical challenges, both at home and around the world, and who are interested in exploring lessons learned during the administrations of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. 

He currently serves on the advisory board for City Year South Africa, Africa Leadership Academy USA, the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program Advisory Council, and The George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs.

Eisner graduated with a degree in political science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters

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