Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Scot X. Esdaile developed his passion for public service and civil rights at an early age. As a young activist, he worked on several national campaigns for such prominent change agents as Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder, and former New Haven Mayor John Daniels. In 1992, his passion for youth empowerment moved him to be the founder of Elm City Nation, an at-risk youth organization aimed at community development and combating gang violence. With more than 1000 youth members, the organization’s success was highlighted on MTV, Montel Williams, BET, and the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. He has developed his own platforms to elevate other voices in the fight for equality in the Hip Hop Community through his radio talk show, “Time for Some Action” on HOT 93.7, and his TV Show “That Life TV”, which airs on WCTX every Saturday Morning at 11am – ThatLifeTVShow.com
He’s worked in the Sports & Entertainment Industry for over 30 years working in the areas of Concert Promotions, Special Events, Marketing & Advertising, Fashion, Television and Business Development. Working with Artists such as French Montana, Michael Bivins, K – Solo, Kurtis Blow and Much More.
Mr. Esdaile’s commitment to uplifting youth and community has persisted through his work with the NAACP, where he served as President of the Greater New Haven NAACP Branch for 7 years prior to his election as State NAACP President in 2004, the youngest State President in the country at the time. Under his leadership, the NAACP expanded its programming on a statewide and regional level, focused on education, health and criminal justice reform. Initiatives launched during his tenure include the “Great Debate,” which highlights the art of debate between HBCU’s and Ivy League debate teams; implementation of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut, paying tribute to the contributions of African Americans in the State; and the CT NAACP Harmony Classic Football Game.
Mr. Esdaile’s passion for social justice led him to partner with state and community entities to launch “Nothing About Us Without Us,” a criminal justice reform campaign, and more recently, he has collaborated with Major Corporations on the National NAACP “ONE MILLION Jobs Campaign”, an initiative geared toward removing barriers to employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals. Connecticut was selected to lead this pilot under his leadership.
Mr. Esdaile has been an integral lightning rod for policy change in the areas of Health Care, Criminal Justice and Political Action. In a national first, he recently filed suit against the State of CT for Prison Gerrymandering, a system that counts disenfranchised prisoners where they are confined instead of their home addresses, resulting in the inflation of rural, white voices and the dilution of votes in communities of color. He also fought for the successful passage of bills that limited use of tasers and established the Minority Health Advisory Council to eliminate health disparities.
Mr. Esdaile is a graduate of Hamden High School, and attended Virginia State University, majoring in Public Administration. He serves as the first African American Chairman of the CT State Boxing Commission and recently retired from the New Haven Board of Education after serving for 26 years working towards redirecting High Risk Youth. He lives in Hamden, CT with his wife Adrien, and three children. His commitment to communities of color has been recognized by countless organizations, including the Kelly Miller Alexander, Sr Award, the “National State Conference President of the Year”.