As President of Schmidt Public Affairs, John is a hands-on manager, who thrives on developing efficient and impactful public affairs strategies alongside his clients. He likes to “get his hands dirty” when working with clients, participating at every level of campaign development.
John has spearheaded many award-winning public affairs initiatives, including grassroots, grasstops and earned media campaigns. His expertise in Medicare, Medicaid, tort reform, HIT, staffing issues, quality programs, regulatory and reimbursement reform and crises situations has resulted in billions of dollars in restored or new funding for his clients. His expansive knowledge of obscure health care policies and issues are at the backbone of his success.
John’s extensive experience in legislative and public policy issues related to government reimbursement programs, health care and provider issues, quality, branding and crises, has garnered numerous top national awards over several decades from the public relations industry, including the top public affairs campaign in the country for three consecutive years.
Before founding Schmidt Public Affairs in early 2004, John was Senior Vice President for Edelman Public Relations’ Healthcare and Sciences practice. His other roles prior included Group Manager for Ketchum Public Relations’ Public Affairs practice, and Vice President of Ruder Finn.
John is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A in Journalism/Advertising and serves on the UNC Hussman School of Media & Journalism Advisory Board, as well as the UNC Board of Visitors. He spends his free time cooking, watching Tar Heel basketball and lacrosse, gardening and working out at Orangetheory. John is married with three children and two dogs. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia and Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
When she is not playing mom to Belle and Bruno, her two adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, she loves spending time in the kitchen and traveling to new places.
When they do log off, you can find Kristen testing out new recipes in the kitchen, enjoying long walks around their neighborhood, and spending time with their cats Olive and Nori.
While a voracious reader of both fiction and non-, when she's not reading or writing for SPA, Sarah enjoys cooking, a good workout, or the occasional escape to her native Northern Michigan.
When he isn’t focused on making an impact inside the Beltway, you’ll catch him shooting street photography, playing with his cats, or sampling fried food in far-flung corners of the globe.
When Alexis takes a step away from her computer, she enjoys hiking, designing tour branding for music labels, and catching up her long list of podcasts. Alexis keeps sight of the larger vision while maximizing our clients’ digital presence in an authentic way.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Megan graduated from The George Washington University and happily calls DC her new home. When she’s not in the office, you can find Megan traveling or searching for great local restaurants and bookstores.
A 2002 graduate from the School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi, Stephanie later earned a B.S. in Nursing from George Mason University, and has worked as a critical care nurse for more than a decade. Her unique clinical perspective caring for patients and working alongside providers allows her to create understandable, relatable and impactful editorial content for our clients.