Scott A. Shay is actively involved in a Jewish formal and informal education. As part of his involvement, he serves or has recently served as a board member of the UJA- Jewish Federation of New York, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, the Jewish Agency, the Birthright Israel Steering Committee and the American Hebrew Academy. He is past chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA - Jewish Federation and the Fund for Jewish Education (a joint venture of UJA and the Gross Life Monument Fund). Mr. Shay is the President of Chai Mitzvah and is the Chairman of the Lapid Advisory Board Coalition of non-profit Israel Teen trip groups. He, and his wife Susan, are the founders of the Jewish Youth Connection. He is the author of "Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry" (Devora, 2nd Edition 2008).
Scott is a founder and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Signature Bank since its inception. Signature Bank was ranked as the #1 bank in the US by the Forbes list of Best Banks in the United States. He was also a founding director of Bank United of Texas and Super Derivatives. Super Derivatives, an Israeli startup company, was sold in October 2014 to ICE in the largest ever sale of an Israeli financial technology company. Scott was a lead negotiator for the group that privatized Bank Hapoalim. He has served as Managing Director of Ranieri Partners and its predecessors since 1988.
Scott received a B.A. degree in economics from Northwestern University in 1979 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1980, he received a Master of Management degree from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.