IEA Alumni Spotlight – Scott Greenberg
We’ve been fortunate to have so many accomplished and interesting people walk through our doors. Every month, IEA highlights one of our program alumni to let the community know what they’ve been up to. This month, we caught up with Scott Greenberg.
What are some educational, personal and professional highlights and/or accomplishments of yours since graduating from high school?
After graduating from high school, I spent a wonderful four years at Yale University. I majored in economics, but also took all sorts of other fun classes, ranging from a course on 19th century Russian literature to a seminar on non-traditional approaches to theology. Outside of the classroom, I was a member of a political debate society, sang in a Jewish a cappella group, and wrote an opinion column for the Yale Daily News.
Shortly after graduating from college, I started a job at the Tax Foundation, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, with a mission of educating lawmakers and the public about tax policy. Taxes sound boring to many people, but tax policy is actually really interesting: The tax code affects nearly everybody and everything, and tax policy is an important tool for building a strong economy and a fair society. I was lucky enough to be working in DC when the 2017 tax bill was being passed. It was a hectic but exciting time; we were publishing new reports every day to keep up with every development and having frequent meetings on Capitol Hill.
After the 2017 tax bill was passed, it seemed like things were quieting down on the tax policy front in Washington, so I decided to apply to law school. I was lucky enough to be admitted to NYU Law, where I’ve enjoyed studying for the last three years. Once I graduate, I plan to start work as a tax attorney at a DC law firm.
My biggest news since high school, though, is that I’m engaged to be married in May!
What is a favorite IEA/CDB memory?
I remember fondly my first Bradley Seminar, which took place in Dallas. It was my first time meeting the other Bradley Scholars, and it was a really fun time. It was also my first time in the state of Texas!
What words of wisdom would you pass on to current IEA students?
Don’t be too busy. Find time to relax, to hang out with friends, and to read for fun. Some people feel pressure to do a million extracurricular activities, but you’ll have a better time if you pick just a few activities that you really enjoy and find meaningful.