About Us

Scott Hammerstrom

Scott Hammerstrom, Manager of Programs and Partnerships

Scott Hammerstrom has devoted over 19 years working in the disability community. Currently, Scott is the Manager of Programs and Partnerships of Bender Leadership Academy overseeing competency building programs that enable students with disabilities to engage in educational, empowerment, and work-readiness opportunities with a focus on setting and achieving career journey goals. Scott collaborates closely with educators, businesses, and students to ensure Bender Leadership Academy’s programs maintain a high standard of excellence, resulting in meaningful growth for students with disabilities. Additionally, responsible for program growth and community relationships to expand Bender Leadership Academy outreach.

Scott joined the Bender in 2007 as a part of the Talent Programs Team at Bender Consulting Services. Prior to joining Bender Leadership Academy, Scott was a Talent Programs Team Lead responsible for connecting talent from the disability community with public and private-sector employer partners, supporting long-term disability recipients with return-to-work planning, and workplace mentoring. Scott’s talent programming experience includes managing the recruitment and maintenance of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List for people with disabilities for 7 years.

Scott has served as the regional coordinator for Disability Mentoring Day, partnering with AAPD and greater-Pittsburgh area employers for the past 16 years.

Prior to joining Bender, Scott worked for Best Buddies Pennsylvania as a Program Supervisor and the Arthritis Foundation of Western, PA. as Director of Programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Robert Morris College.

Scott is passionate about helping youth with disabilities succeed.

Honors and Awards

Anthony D. Demase Award Recipient (2 times)

Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

The Anthony D. Demase award is a peer-chosen award presented annually to a team member who demonstrates an exemplary positive attitude.

Advocate of the Year (Jan 2012)

Best Buddies Pennsylvania

Awarded in recognition and appreciation of loyal, generous, and thoughtful contribution to the Best Buddies Mission.


Former Advisory Board Member, Best Buddies Pennsylvania