Elizabeth Schmidt

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Professor of Practice
School of Public Policy


220 Thompson Hall


(413) 577-2396

Elizabeth Schmidt is a professor of practice, with more than 20 years' experience working directly with nonprofit organizations and another 20 years of combined experience teaching nonprofit law, nonprofit management and social enterprises. She comes to UMass Amherst from George Mason University, where she served as director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and as faculty director of the graduate program in social entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments at George Mason include expanding the master’s program and helping to create a new School of Social Impact and Innovation. She also developed graduate-level hybrid distance learning courses offered partly online and partly in-person. Schmidt's nonprofit experience began as the educational outreach manager at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She later served as general counsel and vice president of business development at GuideStar. While she was there, Schmidt began teaching nonprofit law and management at William and Mary Law School.


Research interests: 

nonprofit law; nonprofit management; social enterprise


J.D.: Stanford University, 1978