Robert Schmidt is appointed as agency chief information officer for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Schmidt influences technology-related decisions and change across internal and external stakeholders statewide including 31 state departments, boards, and commissions. At the California Department of Technology, Schmidt served as the principal manager responsible for the Statewide IT consolidation program, an assignment he began in 2009. He has led several statewide initiatives including efforts focused on green IT, data storage, server virtualization and the statewide data storage procurement in collaboration with Department of General Services. Schmidt entered state service from the private sector in 1994. Since then, he has worked for several departments and state data centers, including the Franchise Tax Board, Teale Data Center and Department of Health Care Services. Schmidt holds a Bachelors of Computer Science, Master of Business Administration, and is currently studying innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.