Scott Atkinson


Scott Atkinson is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles San Francisco office and co-leader of the global Sustainability Practice, placing chief executives, board directors, investment professionals, sustainability leaders, and C-level executives within companies that focus on solving critical global challenges.


Prior to leading Heidrick & Struggles’ global sustainability effort, Scott was the managing partner of the global Venture Capital Practice.  He is a member of the Financial Officers and global Technology practices, placing board directors, chief executives, chief financial officers, and senior leaders within disruptive companies experiencing growth, innovation, restructuring, and global expansion.

Scott joined the firm from, a TPG Capital-backed technology company dedicated to helping Global 5000 enterprises achieve digital transformation goals. Scott began his executive search career with a boutique firm, consulting with high-growth technology companies.

He is frequently quoted in leading news and business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Thomson Reuters, and is a regular guest speaker on industry panels and at major universities.


Johns Hopkins University, MS in Environmental Sciences & Policy, with a concentration in Conservation Biology

Middlebury College, BA in History


Wall Street's Top Sustainability Recruiters, Business Insider, 2022

Philanthropy and Service

Scott is on the board of The Jane Goodall Institute USA, a community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall.