For two decades, Schmida has been at the forefront of corporate sustainability and global development, helping clients develop cross-sector partnerships to tackle wicked problems from climate change to human trafficking. He sits on the Leadership Group of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and on the Sustainable Innovation Executive Council of the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. Fluent in Russian, he holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Vermont with his wife, Nazgul (who is CEO of Resonance), and their two children.