Scott Cooley – Board Member, Career & Networking Committee 

Scott Cooley is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University Chicago and the lead independent director for BarFly Ventures, which operates the HopCat restaurant chain. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Morningstar, Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer, and was responsible for the firm’s investor relations, financial reporting, corporate communications, and U.S. national sales teams. Prior to becoming CFO, from 2003 to 2007 hewas CEO of Morningstar’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. From 1996 to 2003, Scottwas a fund manager research analyst and managed a team of analysts. In 2014, he earneda master’s degree in the Social Sciencesat the University of Chicago.

After completing his master’s degree, he returned to Morningstar to establish the company’s first government relations function, leaving to become a full-time PhD student. Scott’s volunteer activities includemembership on the Alumni Board for the Department of Economics at Illinois State University, and work as a volunteer tutor for Griffith Tutoring, which provides free test preparation tutoring for Chicago Public Schools students. His personal interests include hanging out with his hilarious children, reading, hiking, and travel.