Impact Investor & Supporter of Innovation in Artistry
Scott Plank has a passion for investing in and developing inspiring environments that help communities and businesses thrive. Plank's diverse background has shaped his interest in how intentional development of collaborative environments can magnify the lives and relationships of those who live within them, and how forward-thinking businesses can flourish with the right resources. Using his experience in supporting the arts, retail, real estate, entertainment, technology, architecture and medical industries, Plank is always on the lookout for the next innovative project to undertake.
Empowering Businesses to Succeed and Grow
Scott’s brother, Kevin Plank, started making stretchy t-shirts for his football teammates at the University of Maryland in 1996. Scott’s years of experience working in small business and developing skills in finance came in handy and he began to help support and grow his brother’s startup, investing $12,500 in 1997 for approximately 15% of the…
WeWork opened its first location in the Meatpacking district in 2011, with the mission to provide creative co-working spaces for entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers. Scott saw his own ideals on spaces, and the potential for growth of the individuals who use those spaces, in the founding ideas and goals of WeWork. He was…
investing in people, places and ideas
Together, Scott Plank, War Horse Cities and Code Tenderloin have harnessed the power of community to transform the Tenderloin area, a San Francisco community that has seen disinvestment, into a unique and diverse community on the rise. Code Tenderloin is a San Francisco-based company with a mission to support the community of the Tenderloin area…
In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the JS Plank and DM DiCarlo Family Foundation donated $20,000 to be utilized to provide support to members of the at-risk community of Fairfax county. Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization in Fairfax County, VA that promotes self-sufficiency by utilizing the power of community and the care of neighbors to…
PASSION MEETS PURPOSE
“This work creates an interesting juxtaposition between nature and human nature, which in certain cultures is so undeniably linked. The theme of this work is healing, and when I look at this piece, I am reminded of how healing in our world is possible. Healing between people groups, between our world and our society. Healing between communities. It is a beautiful future to envision.”
“This mural speaks volumes to me. It takes a powerful speech and an iconic man and places both in proximity to every day life as a reminder of what and who we’re fighting for. It is a good reminder that we will all have things metaphorically written across our face which reflect who we are, what we stand for and what we have done in this world. Seeing this helps me to take a moment, refocus and recalibrate to ensure that the message I want people to know about my work and passion is one of love, of acceptance and of striving for change.”
"Scott is very mission focused. Everything he does involves focusing on people and a shared value system. As thoughtful and forward thinking as he is, he is an even better person."
CEO, Levin Eye Care
"The foundation's significant investment has made a lasting change at BSA. The development of the Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology (CCAT) has given young artists expanded opportunity to learn and thrive in an environment they didn't have previously."
Foundation Director, Baltimore School For The Arts
CEO, Building Steps
"His significant vision for Code Tenderloin has made a long-lasting impact in our community. The investment he has made in our neighborhood has led to increased career and life opportunities for those who need it."
Bonnie Thornton Dill
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, University Of Maryland
"His commitment to providing opportunities for underserved children goes even beyond Port Discovery’s walls—he has supported hands-on learning programs to be taken directly into neighborhoods, to children who could not otherwise benefit from fun and educational hands-on programs. We proudly share our thanks and appreciation for all that Scott does, for Port Discovery and the children of our community."
Executive Vice President, Port Discovery
"Port Discovery Children’s Museum is very grateful for the support that Scott has provided over the years, both personally and through his family foundation, especially to open the doors for hundreds of children and caregivers from economically challenged communities to learn and play together at Port Discovery. He has also supported capital improvements to the museum which bring learning to life in new and exciting ways for children and create opportunities for family engagement."
Executive Vice President, Port Discovery
"War Horse City’s success is rooted in Scott Plank’s philosophy that vibrant, resilient communities require many different voices at the table. His mesh of creative design, careful planning and thoughtful development to create meaningful impact in vulnerable and forgotten communities is, at its heart, our mission at UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Scott is a Terp through and through, an innovator, and a Maryland success story, and we are so proud to have been able to honor him with last year's Distinguished Alumni Award."