Tricia Schmitt

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Tricia Schmitt is the Director of the Office of Budget and Resource Management (BRM) in USAID/Washington. Ms. Schmitt is a career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and a visionary leader with almost 20 years of experience as an effective change agent in the formulation and implementation of complex budgets both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining USAID in September of 2018, Ms. Schmitt served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At the VA, Ms. Schmitt spearheaded almost $200 billion in resources to provide our Veterans with high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services.

Previously, Ms. Schmitt served at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Health Division for almost 12 years. During this period, she led the OMB team to obtain $5.4 billion in Ebola Emergency funding, served as the subject matter expert on domestic and international public health issues, and developed innovative budget proposals to improve public health outcomes. While at OMB, Ms. Schmitt also conducted a detail to Ethiopia, as a senior public health advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and to USAID to support implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda.

Prior to OMB, Ms. Schmitt served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Budget at the Department of Health and Human Services where she managed the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program and other key Medicare budget policy areas. She also served as a researcher at the Center for Health and Public Service Research where she helped evaluate the NYC Department of Health Childhood Asthma Initiative. Ms. Schmitt started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala where she served as a health extensionist worker.

Ms. Schmitt graduated from New York University, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a Master of Public Administration and a focus on health policy and management. She received her Bachelor of Science in public health, with a minor in biology and music, from James Madison University.