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Wendy Schmidt

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Wendy Schmidt is a philanthropist and investor who has spent nearly two decades creating organizations that work with communities around the world to advance clean energy, resilient food systems, healthy oceans and human rights. The critical interconnections between human activity, the land we live on and the ocean we depend upon are the central drivers of Wendy’s philanthropic work. Through a combination of grants and investments, Wendy’s philanthropic work supports research and science, community organizations, promising leaders and the development of innovative technologies.

In 2024, Wendy co-founded Agog: The Immersive Media Institute, a groundbreaking initiative at the intersection of technology, communications and social impact. Wendy is president and co-founder of the Schmidt Family Foundation and Schmidt Ocean Institute, both of which she founded with her husband Eric. The couple also founded Schmidt Sciences, a nonprofit organization working to advance science and technology that accelerates and deepens human understanding of the natural world and develops solutions to global issues. A competitive sailor, Wendy has extended her oceans-focused work to the sporting world through 11th Hour Racing, an organization she co-founded to work with the sailing community and maritime industry to advance sustainable solutions and practices that protect and restore ocean health. Follow Wendy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.