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.