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Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As Google’s Chief Executive Officer, he pioneered Google’s transformation from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2001-2011, Executive Chairman from 2011-2018 and most recently as Technical Advisor from 2018-2020. Under his leadership Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Prior to his career at Google, Eric held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Eric has received numerous accolades and supports a variety of esteemed organizations. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and served as the founding Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board for four years in which he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. He was also a member of NASA’s National Space Council User Advisory Group for two years which was chaired by the Vice President. He currently serves on the boards of The Broad Institute, The Mayo Clinic, on the Advisory Board at UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Cornell Tech Board of Overseers. He is currently the Chairman of the US National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence.

An accomplished author, he has co-authored three New York Times best sellers, The New Digital AgeHow Google WorksTrillion Dollar Coach. He is a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation and Schmidt Ocean Institute focus on climate change, including the support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education and cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering space.

Inspired to continue to give back, he co-founded Schmidt Futures in 2017, which bets early on exceptional people making the world better, applying science and technology thoughtfully and bringing people together across fields.

In 2019, Eric and his wife Wendy announced a new $1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the globe. As part of this effort, Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, launched Rise, the anchor initiative focused on increasing opportunity for extraordinary young people worldwide and empowering them to serve their communities. Most recently, Eric and Schmidt Futures were selected by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to lead the state’s 16-member Blue Ribbon Commission, which will employ lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to improve and modernize state systems for the future.

In August 2020, Eric launched a podcast, “Reimagine with Eric Schmidt,” a podcast series of conversations with leaders in government, business, science, and technology to explore how society can solve current challenges and build a brighter future after the global coronavirus pandemic.

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt is a philanthropist and investor who has spent the past 14 years creating innovative non-profit organizations to address challenges facing communities around the world, working for clean, renewable energy, healthy food systems, healthy oceans and the protection of human rights. The critical interconnections between human activity, the land we live on and the ocean we depend upon are the central drivers of Wendy’s philanthropic work.

Wendy is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband Eric in 2006. She leads the foundation’s two grant-making and investment programs—The 11th Hour Project, which works to create a just world where all people have access to renewable energy, clean air and water and healthy food, and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, which invests in the development of promising technologies that solve complex ocean health issues and have strong commercialization potential.

Wendy and Eric also co-founded Schmidt Ocean Institute in 2009 to advance oceanographic research through the development of innovative technologies, open sharing of information and broad communication about ocean health. The institute operates Falkor—the only year-round, seagoing philanthropic research vessel in the world—and a 4500m remotely operated underwater robotic vehicle, SuBastian. Both are made available to the international science community at no cost.

A competitive sailor, Wendy has extended her oceans-focused work to the sporting world through 11th Hour Racing, an organization she co-founded in 2010 to work with the sailing community and maritime industry to advance solutions and sustainability practices that protect and restore the health of the Ocean. Wendy also founded ReMain Nantucket and ReMain Ventures, two charitable and entrepreneurial organizations that support the economic, social and environmental vitality of downtown Nantucket.

In 2017, Wendy and Eric co-founded Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together while promoting innovative approaches to problem solving across disciplines.

In the fall of 2019, Wendy and Eric announced a $1 billion philanthropic commitment for their organizations and initiatives to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the world to serve others and work to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Team

Claire Ashmead

Analyst

Shannon Beckham

Associate

Jason Berkenfeld

Director

Katherine Binney

Senior Associate Product Manager

Jordan Blashek

Vice President, Business Formation

Eric Braverman

CEO

Ryan Burke

Director

Barbara Bush

Fellow

Stacy Chacko

Recruiter

Dana Chermesh-Reshef

Entrepreneur In Residence

Samuel Ching

Senior Associate Product Manager

Joni Cooper

Associate

Andrew Choi

Fellow

Kimani Cordero

Operations Administrator

Cassie Crockett

Vice President, Talent Engine

Jared Crooks

Manager, Science Investments

Stuart Feldman

Chief Scientist

Anjali Fernandes

Senior Associate Product Manager

Ben Fohner

Director of Product Management

Kumar Garg

Managing Director and Head of Partnerships

Mark German

Director of Operations, Rise

Jamaal Glenn

Director

Lakiyah Glivens

Administrative Assistant

Adam Hammer

Senior Manager

Amira Hannon

Analyst

Darren Hau

Senior Associate Product Manager

Candice Herschel

Manager, Community

Kara Holinski

Senior Associate Product Manager

Danielle Holman

Manager of Talent

Spencer Horne

Entrepreneur In Residence

Victoria Houed

Associate

Rebecca Hu

Associate

Annalise Irby

Associate Product Manager

Tom Kalil

Chief Innovation Officer

Ronit Kanwar

Associate

Will Kenney

Analyst

Christopher Kirchhoff

Senior Fellow

Natalie Kotkin

Fellow

Gordon Kramer

Senior Administrative Manager, Office of Eric Schmidt

Raya Kuo

Senior Associate Product Manager

Jake Leffew

Analyst

Frank Long

Fellow

Jodi Lowe

Program Administrator, Rise

Amotz Maimon

Distinguished Engineering Fellow

Harrison Marks

Fellow

Jesse Marks

Vice President, Finance and Operations, Schmidt Futures

Kyle McEneaney

Fellow

Elizabeth Young McNally

Executive Vice President

Kristina McRobinson-Summers

Recruiting Coordinator

Anna Mitchell

Senior Associate Product Manager

Andrew Moore

Special Counselor

Jackie Murphy

Director of Human Resources

Joshua Nott

Associate

Michelle Park

Associate Product Manager

Karan Patel

Human Resources Coordinator

Megan Patel

Manager - Entrepreneur In Residence Program

Matt Pierri

Entrepreneur In Residence

Karim Pirbay

Program Specialist

Olivia Randall

Intern

Matias Recchia

Entrepreneur In Residence

James Ricci

Program Scientist

Daniel Rice

Analyst

Elizabeth Rosenblatt

Associate

Nairoby Russell

Operations Administrator

Nuha Saho

Analyst

Jeba Sania

Associate Product Manager

Avi Saraf

Strategist

Jim Savage

Senior Manager, Data Science

Cori Schattner

Product Manager - Rise

Zoe Schlag

Entrepreneur in Residence

Wilson Shirley

Associate

Diana Skurka

Senior Manager and Head of Community

Chase Thomas

Associate Product Manager

Adam Topper

Executive Assistant

Gal Treger

Senior Manager, Economics and Policy

Mercedes Vinciguerra

Manager, Executive Office

Jason Wang

Entrepreneur In Residence

Joyce Wang

Associate Product Manager

Tracy Wang-Leslie

Executive Assistant

Rebecca Warren

Director, Program Design - Rise

Zoe Weinberg

Fellow

Daniele Weiss

Community Specialist

Tony Woods

Director and Head of Talent

Glenn Yu

Senior Associate Product Manager

Jacob Zionce

Special Advisor to the CEO

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