Jon Schmidt grew up in the land of 10,000 lakes (Minnesota) where he developed his love of clean water staying cool wading in the Cottonwood River on hot and humid mid-western summer days. He has a degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Minnesota, Mankato and years of experience working with partners and the public to take care of their special spaces including parks, trails, beaches, and other natural areas.
He has over a decade of experience working as a natural and cultural history interpreter for Washington State Parks at Cape Disappointment State Park. He coordinated Washington state's annual beach cleanups for the small non-profit Washington CoastSavers for five years before joining the non-profit SOLVE in Portland, Oregon two years ago. He is now responsible for coordinating SOLVE's Spring and Fall beach cleanups, encompassing the entire Oregon Coast, as well as the Oregon Adopt-A-Beach program recently launched in late 2019.
When he's not coordinating beach cleanups you might find him exploring a "new to him" park with his wife Jenny, kids, Norah and Arlo, and his dogs Pepper and Rudy.