Jake Schmidt

International Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

Jake Schmidt directs NRDC’s International program with a team of experts and partners working on climate change, clean energy, biogems, and sustainable development in India, Latin America, Canada, and at the international level. He works closely with the organization’s China team on climate issues, as well as helps coordinate NRDC’s international efforts to tackle the challenges of health, oceans, and wildlife. He leads NRDC's policy development and advocacy on international climate change, including through the climate negotiations and direct work with key countries around the world. Schmidt holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Muhlenberg College and a M.P.P. in environmental policy, with a certificate in ecological economics from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.