Bob Schmitt

Engineer
Helena, MT

About Bob Schmitt

Bob joined CivicActions as an Engineer in 2011. He brings with him 25 years of experience developing information technologies to engage people in common effort.

His expertise in systems analysis, rapid prototyping, and project scoping/management underpins his development skillset, lending significant cross-functional support to each of his project teams. At CivicActions, his work includes building an intranet for 2000 employees and consultants employed by IREX in 37 different countries, leading a rapid development project for Perkins School for the Blind’s international website (responsively-themed and accessibility compliant), and developing a downloadable Drupal instance for journalists operating in repressive regimes around the world, deployable in several languages including Burmese, Russian, Farsi, Arabic. Other CivicActions projects have included work with large Federal agencies, as well as non-profit organizations such as The Sedona Conference, Secular Coalition of America, ReThink Media, Pew Center for Climate Change, Trust Women, and Transparency International.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Bob served as CIO of TechRocks, developing tools that engaged more than 1.8 million people to participate in regulatory processes that preserve roadless areas in US national forests. He developed an online campaign to promote US ratification of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, created an incident-mapping system for NGOs operating in crisis regions for the Crisis Management Initiative in Helsinki, and served as the first CIO of the United States Institute of Peace.

Bob holds a BA in International Studies from American University. He lives in Helena, Montana, where he serves on the board of Desktop Assistance, and is an active volunteer in local political campaigns. Bob plays guitar in several working bands, enjoys outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, skiing, sailing), and can be found most weekends doing home renovation projects.