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Scott MacLeod
  • Co-Founder and President
  • The Sophie Fund

Scott MacLeod is a co-founder along with his wife Susan Hack of The Sophie Fund, a nonprofit organization advocating for youth mental health initiatives in the Ithaca, NY community. The Sophie Fund was established in memory of their daughter, Sophie, a Cornell University student who died by suicide in 2016.

MacLeod worked as a correspondent and bureau chief for 25 years for TIME, based in Cairo,  Johannesburg, Paris, and New York. He also spent 10 years with United Press International in Harrisburg, London, and Beirut. He has been a contributor to many other media outlets, including The New York Review of Books, the The Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post; and with Thomas Sancton is the author of Death of a Princess: The Investigation.

From 2010–2020 MacLeod was a professor of practice in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University in Cairo. He was the founding managing editor of The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, a GAPP publication, from 2010-2017.


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