EDUCATION
George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government | Arlington, VA, USA • 2009
Master of Public Policy in Science and Technology
University at Buffalo, SUNY | Buffalo, NY, USA • 2005                        
Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science, English minor

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy | Washington, DC, USA • 2018–Present
Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies | Washington, DC, USA • 2017–Present
Lecturer & Adjunct Professor
Serve as lecturer for professional development in design for policy and collaborative governance at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Develop and teach foundational curriculum for launch of Design Management & Communications program at the School of Continuing Studies. Introduce management students to key concepts surrounding user-centered design while concurrently serving as program capstone advisor to end of term students.
University of Maryland, Human-Computer Interaction Lab | College Park, MD, USA • 2018–2019
Research Associate    
Conducted original research on the intersection of public policy, technology, communication, and design, focusing on the theoretical and historical perspective of new technologies for involving citizens and other stakeholders in the policymaking process.
Clemson University, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences | Clemson, SC, USA • 2013–2019
Adjunct Professor
Developed and taught foundational curriculum in the Master of Public Administration program to civic leaders and mid-career professionals based on the public policy process to include organizational communication, media studies, data visualization, policy evaluation, and design.

WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS
2019. Schmidt, Scott. “The Smartest City: How Design for Policy and Collaborative Governance Can Reshape Our Cities.” Conducted design seminar at Georgetown University Executive Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy. Washington, DC, USA.​​​​​​​
2019. Schmidt, Scott. “Summer Design School 2019.” Served as design expert for seminar at The Lab at United States Office of Personnel Management. Washington, DC, USA.
2018. Schmidt, Scott. “Making Smart Cities Scientific.” Served as design expert for panel at Smart Regions Initiative’s The Second Annual Smart Regions Conference. Columbus, OH, USA.

COURSES TAUGHT
Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies
Design Management & Communications Capstone MPDC-900-00
Design Research in Human-Computer Interaction (Proposed)
Information Design and Data Visualization (Proposed)
User Experience Design MPDC-705-140
Clemson University, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
Design for Policy and Collaborative Governance PADM-8780-403
Information Design and Data Visualization PADM-8850-400
Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation PADM-8770-400

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Federal Reserve Bank | San Francisco, CA, USA • 2015–2016    
Digital Strategist    
Served as a proponent of open government and thought leader on technology related issues by overseeing bank-wide digital communication integration initiatives. Developed and created the first system-wide charter for digital messaging protocol and engagement. Defined and implemented near and long-term digital communication goals, strategies, and initiatives in order to educate internal, public and private sector stakeholders.
U.S. House of Representatives | Washington, DC, USA • 2012–2015    
Digital Director
During tenure served at the House Committee on Financial Services and House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Developed and implemented Committee-wide digital strategy for all external communications. Coordinated the development of fully integrated communication campaigns for numerous House offices by planning, implementing, and evaluating information design systems and digital strategies across multiple channels and platforms. Identified and refined new approaches and techniques in communicating effectively to the public and the media with an emphasis on government transparency.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Washington, DC, USA • 2008–2009
Special Assistant
Served as speechwriter to the Federal Housing Commissioner during the stabilization of U.S. markets immediately following the financial crisis of 2008. Acted as liaison between senior administration officials and department program offices while regularly staffing meetings and monitoring reporting systems on the oversight, management, and modernization of the FHA insurance fund’s $600 billion portfolio.
U.S. House of Representatives | Washington, DC, USA • 2006–2007    
Policy Assistant
Provided policy support to House Committee on Energy & Commerce professional committee staff at official hearings and markups while assisting in the analysis of current legislation and related processes. Monitored House floor activity as well as relevant committee member offices while maintaining relationships with key staff.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
ACM SIGCHI
AIGA
Design Research Society

LANGUAGES
English – Native proficiency
Spanish – Elementary proficiency

OTHER
Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America
Member, U.S. Masters Swimming