Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt is the director (pro bono) of the Center's Human Rights in Business Program. An expert in business and human rights with specialized expertise pertaining to the private military and security industry, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt has been involved in a variety of efforts to develop standards for private security providers. Most recently, she chaired the Technical Committee that reviewed the U.S. national management system standard for private security operations. Previously, she chaired the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO committee that developed an international version of the standard. Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt is also Senior Managing Director at Human Analytics, a D.C.-based risk management consultancy specializing in helping public and private organizations address human rights risks associated with operating in complex environments, and also serves on Amnesty International USA’s (AIUSA) Business and Human Rights Group. Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt’s consulting and advocacy work are linked to her academic research interests in multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure corporate accountability. Dr. DeWinter Schmitt previously served as an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service and was a staff member of AIUSA, first in its National Field Program and then as Program Associate to the Just Earth! Program on Human Rights and the Environment. She speaks German.
B.A., Dickinson College
M.A., University of Marburg
PhD., American University School of International Service