Why We Serve ?

 

Full name

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Laura Schmid

 

 

 

Yale affiliation (with year) Yale College 2002 Trumbull
What I did while I was at Yale (e.g., Yale Daily News, crew team, children’s theatre, etc.)

At Yale I double majored in Political Science and Women's& Gender Studies with a focus in women in U.S. politics and government.  So I naturally gravitated to Yale's student government, serving on the Freshman Class Council and then the Yale College Council.  My favorite part of the FCC and YCC was planning all sorts of fun events from the Freshman Olympics and the Frosh Screw to the Winter Ball and three Spring Flings.  I also served as a Trumbull Intramural Secretary (my favorite sport was co-ed inner tube water polo) and as a Freshman Counselor.  In addition, I volunteered with the Yale Women's Center and the Yale Law School Temporary Restraining Order Clinic to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Why I Serve (2-5 sentences)

Since graduation I've enjoyed serving the Yale alumni community in various capacities.  I was the Class of 2002 Secretary and AYA delegate from 2007 to 2012.  Here in D.C. I love serving as the co-captain of the Yale alumni softball team, participating in our other intramural sports programs, becoming both a mentor and mentee in our wonderful new mentorship program, and working with my fellow Board of Directors members to plan a diverse slate of activities and opportunities for engagement with the vibrant Yale in D.C. community.  Each interaction with a fellow Yale alum - whether from the Class of 2016 or the Class of '56 reminds me of why Yale has and always will hold a very special place in my life:  our alumni are my best friends (both old and new), the wittiest conversationalists at a cocktail hour, the fiercest (and friendliest) competitors on the sports fields, the most generous mentors, and the most interesting people I've ever met in my life.

 

Brief bio (4-6 sentences)

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA (go Steelers, Penguins, and Bucs!), I spent most of my childhood in Ridgewood, NJ.  After graduating from Yale in 2002, I attended the University of California at Berkeley School of Law until 2005.  I then worked as a federal law clerk on the Southern District of New York (for fellow alum the Honorable George B. Daniels '75) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Following four years of private practice as a litigator at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and Fox Rothschild LLP, I joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 2011.  My overseas postings have included Port-au-Prince, Haiti where I covered our parliament, elections, and political parties portfolio and Recife, Brazil.  I am thrilled to be back in my home in Capitol Hill's Eastern Market neighborhood and have the opportunity to reconnect with my favorite city and our amazing Yale alumni community.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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