TITLE: Director, Education and Community Development
FOCUS AREAS: K-12 education, post-secondary education
CONTACT: (888) 313-0102
PROFILE: Mike Schmidt is Director of Education and Community Development for the Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. His official Ford bio reads:
Mike Schmidt has worked on education and workforce development issues in both the public and private sectors. He joined Ford Motor Company in July of 1996, and currently serves as the Director, Education, and Community Development for the Ford Motor Company Fund. In this capacity, Mike oversees Ford's major national partnerships with public K-12 education—includng the Henry Ford Academy and the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS)—as well as the company's relationships with colleges and universities. Before coming to the Ford Fun, Mike worked on a number of educational initiatives for the company, including managing the design and launch of the Henry Ford Academy, serving as the chair of the National Employer Leadership Council, and working as a member of the joint UAW/Ford team that designed the UAW/Ford Family Service and Learning Center initiative.
Before coming to Ford, Mike worked on national education and workforce development issudes as a Senior Policy Analyst in Predient Clinton's Domestic Policity Council in Washington, DC from 1993 to 1996. In this capacity, he partcipated in the creation and implementation of a number of initiatives, including Goals 2000, School to Work, and the Technology Learning Challenge program. He also worked on federal training and development policy for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as a staff member for the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessar Skills (SCANS) at the U.S. Department of Labor. Mike earned a BA from The Universtiy of Michigan, and a Masters of Public Management from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs.