About Us

Scott Riccio, Director

Scott is the founder and Director for Accelerate Progress, a not-for-profit “action-tank” focused on bringing new promising and potentially lifesaving therapies to cancer patients, and others fighting life-threatening diseases, more quickly and efficiently.  In this role, Scott is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including member recruitment, mission development and implementation, advisor recruitment and direction, media interactions, budgeting and planning, and other essential tasks.  Scott has conducted numerous briefings for Congressional staffers on FDA and related health issues and has been interviewed or quoted for multiple media outlets.  Scott is driven by both the memory of losing a grandfather to gastric cancer more than twenty years ago and the knowledge that there has been far too little translation of our progress against disease, since the death of his grandfather, into available patient options for cancer and many other diseases.  He is compelled to act by the knowledge of what needs to be done and the belief in his ability to bring together the many groups necessary to achieve meaningful reform, without being beholden to any.  Scott brings a combination of expertise in broad coalition building, a rigorous business-minded approach to analyzing systems and accounting for progress, and a hands on approach to every aspect of the organization, while respecting and supporting the incredible expertise surrounding him in the organization.  Scott graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science and received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, with a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and strategy.  He cherishes his time with his wife Angela, 14-year old son Spencer, and 3-year old daughter Maya, along with their two dogs. 

Scott is also the Director of Foundation and Endowment Services for Morningstar Associates, LLC.  In that role, he is responsible for the development, management, and client servicing of Morningstar Associates’ investment consulting solutions for the not-for-profit markets.  These solutions leverage the group’s capabilities in investment plan evaluation and design, investment manager selection, ongoing institutional investment monitoring, and portfolio management.  Scott has over eight years of previous investment experience including product management, marketing, and contracts work.  Prior to taking on his role as Director, Scott was the Product Manager responsible for an array of Institutional Investment Consulting products and services.  He has been with Morningstar since 1999.