Melissa Schmidt


Office Location: Washington

Phone: +1 202 3314900

Melissa Schmidt is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Education, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise and the Financial Officers practices.

Since joining the ENSE Practice in 2013, Melissa’s concentration has been in national and global senior leadership recruitment for traditional and online universities, private equity backed education entities, K-12, education technology, and prominent international education companies. Her CFO practice work focuses on the nonprofit and education sectors.

Previously, Melissa had been living and working in Spain for ten years. She has twelve years of diverse search experience with both US and international boutique firms, primarily focused on executive search and middle management positions.

Melissa joined Heidrick & Struggles in Madrid, Spain, executing global, European and national searches in the consumer goods, distribution, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive sectors. Previously, she had been working in marketing and executive search in technology, banking and private equity sectors in an international search firm headquartered in Madrid.

Prior to executive search, Melissa began her career in sales and marketing with an extensive international focus, in Reebok Sports Club/Madrid.

She is a member of Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).


Melissa has an MBA from Schiller International University (Madrid campus) with a concentration in international business and marketing. She graduated cum laude from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) with a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in international business and Italian studies, both majors she created for the university.

Melissa speaks Spanish fluently and has working knowledge of Italian.