Rebecca DeWinter Schmitt
Senior Managing Director
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Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt is an expert in business and human rights, in particular pertaining to the security and apparel sectors. She approaches fostering rights-respecting business practices from the perspectives of a practitioner, academic, and advocate. Currently, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt is the Director of the Human Rights in Business Program, housed at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

An active participant in various efforts to develop security and human rights standards for the private security industry, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt until recently represented the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the civil society pillar of the International Code of Conduct Association, and currently represents Human Analytics as an observer to the Association. She was part of the Working Group that drafted ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 and chaired the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization committee that developed ISO 18788, an international management system standard for security operations.

From 1998-2002, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt was a staff member of Amnesty International USA, first in its National Field Program and then as Program Associate to the Just Earth! Program on Human Rights and the Environment. She is a current member and former co-chair of AIUSA’s Business and Human Rights Group, as well as chairing the Working Group on Private Military and Security Companies.

Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt’s consulting work is linked to her academic research interests in civil society mobilization in the field of business and human rights, and in new forms of governance to regulate corporate conduct. Her current applied research seeks to identify best practices in multi-stakeholder regulation as applicable to the private security industry, and to understand the causes and effects of the proliferation of voluntary standards. Until 2012, Dr. DeWinter Schmitt was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, teaching courses on international affairs, human rights, ethics, the economics of violence and peace, and corporate social responsibility. In 2007, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt received her PhD from American University’s School of International Service for her dissertation, “Business as Usual? The Mobilization of the Anti-sweatshop Movement and the Social Construction of Corporate Identity.” Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt received her master’s degree from the University of Marburg, Germany and her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

James Schmitt
Managing Director
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James Schmitt specializes in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder programing in complex environments. His previous field assignments include Afghanistan, Berlin, the Balkans, East Asia, Iraq, Jordan, Norway, and Post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as several other project assignments in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Mr. Schmitt’s previous roles include executive positions within international security, international development, and management consulting firms. Earlier in his career, he was a military officer whose service assignments ranged from infantry battalions to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Pentagon.

In Washington, D.C., Mr. Schmitt was elected by his industry peers to be the chairman of the executive board for the International Peace Operations Association (now ISOA), an industry trade association. During his tenure, he focused on the development of industry standards for the growing private security sector.

Mr. Schmitt has been frequently called upon to speak on the topics of private security and stability operations at highly-regarded institutions of academic and military learning as well as national professional associations; among them are the U.S. Army and Marine Corps War Colleges, the National Defense University, Princeton University, Harvard University, American University, the Brookings Institution, the International Studies Association, the National Contract Management Association’s World Congress / Annual Convention, and the National Defense Industrial Association’s Special Missions Conference. He has also been featured on National Public Radio, Voice of America, and ABC News.

Mr. Schmitt received his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management’s Corporate Leadership in Times of Crisis – ISMA Executive Program.