Beth Schmidt

Founder & CEO, Uppercase

Beth is the Founder and CEO of Uppercase, an education technology company focused on making our nation’s very best teachers and their knowledge easily accessible. 

Previously as Senior Director, Education Innovations for Emerson Collective, Beth drove Emerson Collective’s education strategy through investments, communications, media, convening, advocacy and policy efforts, as well as through partnerships with entrepreneurs, schools, and educators. Prior to her work at Emerson Collective, Beth was the founder and CEO of, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending low-income students to high-quality summer programs. She was previously a Teach for America corps member, teaching tenth-grade English at Locke High School in South Central, Los Angeles. 

Beth holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Masters in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University (SEERS) and was previously a Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow, and was celebrated twice on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for her work in education.