Stephanie Schmid, U.S. Foreign Policy Counsel


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Stephanie joined the Center in 2018 and plays a leadership role in the Center’s foreign policy and advocacy work, developing and implementing strategies to ensure protection for reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare within U.S. Foreign Policy.

Stephanie came from the U.S. Department of State where she served as a Foreign Service Officer specializing in human rights and political advocacy work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Recife, Brazil, and in Washington, DC, including in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She received the Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for her leadership in advancing women’s rights in Haiti. Stephanie previously worked as a litigation associate at Fox Rothschild LLP and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP handling a wide array of civil and white collar criminal litigation cases. Stephanie also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York.

Stephanie received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif honor society and received American Jurisprudence Awards in Sex-Based Discrimination and Contracts Law. She served as the Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, participated in the California Asylum Representation Clinic advocating for victims of gender-based violence and political persecution, and served as the President of Students Opposing Domestic Violence. Stephanie received her B.A. in political science and women’s and gender studies, with distinction, from Yale University where she was awarded the Lily Rosen Prize for distinguished scholarship on women’s health policy.

Stephanie’s native tongue is English, and she is proficient in French.