Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation working to advance clean energy development and supporting the wiser use of natural resources. She established the foundation’s 11th Hour Project in 2005, and in 2007 was a founding board member of Climate Central, an organization that combines an expert media team with the work of experts using the newest science to measure and describe climate change. Wendy’s other major focus is on building a model for sustainable community development through her organization ReMain Nantucket, established in 2007.
In 2009, Wendy and her husband Eric created the Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund at Princeton University, to be used to support cutting edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering, encouraging collaboration across disciplines. Also in 2009, they established The Schmidt Marine Science Research Institute to provide opportunities for conducting ocean and marine life studies at sea, aboard modern research vessels, documenting the planetary shifts occurring with climate change.
Wendy has a Masters in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College. She serves on the boards of The Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate Central, and Nantucket’s Dreamland Theater Foundation. Interests include sailing, scuba diving and tennis.