2009 William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture


Focus Transportation: Humanitarian Relief Through Better Technology

Governor Scott McCallum
President & CEO
The AidMatrix Foundation

Governor Scott McCallum has more than 30 years of executive experience leading cross-functional divisions including operations planning, supply management, media and public relations, marketing and development, government relations and strategic partnerships. Elected as one of the youngest State Senators in Wisconsin history, he was re-elected twice, then elected to four terms as Lt. Governor. As Governor of Wisconsin, McCallum was cited by the Wall Street Journal during the economic slowdown of 2001 as being one of the ‘political tough guys’ for balancing the budget without raising taxes.

McCallum serves as President and CEO of the Aidmatrix Foundation, the leading global nonprofit that uses advanced information technology to create efficiencies between donors and those in need. As CEO, he has grown the Aidmatrix Foundation to globally transact $1.5 billion annually with operations in six continents to 35,000 nonprofits. The work ranges from distribution of medical products for U.S. Free Clinics and international Non-Government Organizations (NGO) to program partnerships with global organizations like International Red Cross and the World Food Programme. Most charitable food in the United States goes through Aidmatrix technologies for contribution and distribution. The Aidmatrix bundle of solution systems was recently designated as “the Network” to be used in preparedness for American disaster relief, with endorsements from federal branches and inter-state coalitions.Governor McCallum’s leadership at Aidmatrix earned industry respect with the 21st Century Achievement Award for “visionary use of information technology to promote positive social economic and educational change” and he was highlighted as a “true hero of the information age” (Computerworld, June 7, 2005).

McCallum has taught Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been an Executive in Residence instructor for Northwestern University, and has taught marketing in China with a Northwestern University team led by marketing professor Dr. Clarke Caywood. McCallum also teaches in the School of Health and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has numerous publications, most recently a chapter in the just-released book Managing Technology to Meet your Mission. He sits on several boards of directors and hosts a bi-annual Governor’s Roundtable, a forum in which industry leaders converge to focus on global humanitarian aid. He is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant. He has recently been nominated for the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

McCallum earned his BA at Macalester College and his MA in International Studies – Economics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.