Scott Schmidt is currently a Research Associate at the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Design Management and Communications program at Georgetown University and Master of Public Administration program at Clemson University. His research examines the effect of design on innovation in evidence-based policy-making and collaborative governance.
Previously, Scott served as a digital transformation lead at several federal government institutions including the House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, House Republican Conference, and Federal Reserve Bank. His work centered on leveraging emerging digital technologies in order to create a more open and transparent government while considering ethical and policy related effects.
During the 2008 financial crisis, Scott was a Special Assistant in the George W. Bush Administration where he served as a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to that he began his career as a Policy Assistant at the House Committee on Energy & Commerce.
Scott completed his B.A. in Communication and Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo and M.P.P. in Science and Technology at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. An Eagle Scout and former lifeguard, Scott now volunteers as an adviser to the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of U.S. Masters Swimming.