Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in Design Management and Communications and Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences in Public Administration.

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His work examines the effect of design on innovation in policy, governance, and the built environment.

Scott has served as a guest lecturer at the US Department of Commerce, US Office of Personnel Management, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Rochester Institute of Technology School of Design. He also serves on the Scientific Board of the international peer-reviewed journal Policy Design and Practice.

Previously, Scott worked in the public sector for 10 years before joining academia. He served as a digital transformation lead at several federal government institutions including the US House Committee on Financial Services, US House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, 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 Special Assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner where he served as a speechwriter at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to this he began his career as Policy Assistant at the US House Committee on Energy & Commerce.

Scott completed his Joint Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Master of Public Policy at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. An Eagle Scout and former lifeguard, Scott now serves on national boards for the Boy Scouts of America and US Masters Swimming.