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Cliff Schmidt is the Executive Director of Literacy Bridge (www.literacybridge.org), a nonprofit organization empowering children and adults with affordable tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning.
Prior to founding Literacy Bridge, Cliff ran a successful software consulting business that developed technical, business strategy, and legal policy solutions for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His expertise included intellectual property issues, nonprofit governance, privacy policies, export controls, and community development. He also served many nonprofit open source organizations, such as The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Eclipse Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, including positions on the board of directors and as the Vice President of Legal Affairs for the ASF.
In the 12 years prior to his consulting work, Cliff worked as a software developer and industry standards representative for Microsoft, as the manager of open source programs for BEA Systems, and as a nuclear engineer and submarine officer for the US Navy.