Scott Issen

President & CEO



Scott Issen is President & CEO of Future Founders, a non-profit that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur. Scott has over 15 years of experience in management, leadership and fundraising. As one of the organization’s founders, Scott created an unparalleled suite of entrepreneurship programs for students in elementary school through college and beyond. During his tenure, Future Founders has served over 34,000 students and will serve another 2,000 students in 2018-19.

Prior to launching Future Founders as a standalone non-profit, Scott served as Managing Director for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), an organization that today runs 1871. In this role, he led the organization’s finances, marketing, public relations and operations. Scott raised over $1 million through his fundraising efforts, managed staff members and provided strategic guidance to the CEC’s Board of Directors.

During his time with the CEC, Scott successfully launched the Future Founders youth entrepreneurship program, which spun out of the CEC in September 2011 and is now called Future Founders Ignite. The program was recognized by Mayor Richard M. Daley, the Chicago City Council, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools and various media outlets. Scott also oversaw the annual Momentum Awards Dinner that grew to a $1 million+ event with 950 attendees in four years.

In addition, Scott was a CEC business advisor and counseled entrepreneurs on debt financing, market and channel analysis, lead generation strategies and corporate positioning and messaging. He served on numerous strategic advisory boards for entrepreneurs and was recognized in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for outstanding support on three advisory panels.

Previously, Scott managed small business programming for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and staffed the Technology Growth Committee. He also held various positions at ABN AMRO and LaSalle Banks (now Bank of America).

Scott serves on the Washington University Chicago Regional Cabinet and is a board member for Mishkan Chicago, a dynamic Jewish spiritual community. Scott is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Ideas Week YOU(th) Advisory Committee. Previously, he was a Chicago Co-Chair of the Washington University Alumni and Parent Admission Program, a director for the Smart Bet Charity and a founding member of the Program Leadership Council for the Illinois Mentoring Partnership. Scott is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community and enjoys speaking engagements and panel discussions.

Scott was named to the 2013 Crain’s “40 Under 40” list, the 2013 Jewish “36 Under 36” list by the Jewish United Fund and the 2017 Techweek 100 list as a Talent Cultivator.

Scott graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and majors in marketing and finance.