Mike Schmidt came to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission directly from his previous role as a prosecutor in Multnomah County. He worked for the Multnomah District Attorney starting in 2007 where he began in misdemeanors, moved on to property crimes, and was specially assigned to drug courts and the restitution project. Mike was counsel for the House and Senate judiciary committees during the 2013 session. He graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, and before that taught high school social studies in New Orleans for two years after graduating from Vassar College.
Mike was appointed to be the Executive Director of the CJC at the beginning of 2015. As the Executive Director he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the agency's program areas as well as working closely with the Governor and Legislature on matters of public safety policy.