The League has appointed Jessica Schmidt as diversity advisor. In this newly created position, Schmidt will lead and help the League in advancing its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy and programming. She will design the League’s annual Diversity Forum, manage its DEI task forces, staff the board diversity committee, and help the League develop a long-term plan for its DEI work. Through her consulting firm Orchestrate Inclusion, Schmidt has served since 2016 as an external partner to orchestras as they create and implement DEI strategies. From 2012 to 2017, she was director of education and community engagement at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Schmidt was previously senior director of community programs at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and served as education coordinator at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Schmidt received a master’s degree in arts administration and an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and studied horn performance and political science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She helped to create and has facilitated the League’s Diversity Work Group, facilitated the League’s Education and Community Engagement Mentoring Circle, and is a graduate of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership’s Women in Leadership Program.