Scott Busby serves as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State, where he currently oversees the Bureau’s work on Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere, the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons, visas and sanctions involving human rights, and business and human rights. He has been with DRL since 2011.
He served as Director for Human Rights and Refugee Protection on the National Security Council in the White House from 2009 to 2011 where he managed a wide range of human rights and refugee issues. From 2005 to 2009, he was Coordinator of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior positions include Director of the Office of Policy and Resource Planning at the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in the Department of State, Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council, and counsel at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He got his start in federal service as an Asylum Officer at INS. Scott holds advanced degrees in sociology and law from the University of California at Berkeley and received his B.A. from Amherst College.