Cindy Schmidt is the Director of the Office of Government Affairs for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The UCAR Office of Government Affairs serves the broad atmospheric sciences community, advocating for healthy federal science budgets and constructive legislation, and educating the U.S. Congress about the atmospheric and related sciences. It tries to maximize funding for UCAR, NCAR, and the UCAR Community. It holds briefings on the Hill about priorities in the atmospheric sciences, prepares testimony for congressional hearings, works with allies in the scientific community, and employs Lewis–Burke Associates, a veteran Washington D.C. lobbying firm. Ms. Schmidt joined UCAR in 1990 from the University of Colorado Foundation, where she worked as a director of development. Previously she held positions at the Colorado Historical Society, the Colorado Humanities Program, the University of Denver, and the Colorado School of Mines. Active in the local community, she serves on the board of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. At UCAR, she started as the director of the former Office of Development, then took her current position in 1995.