Student Veterans of America
James Schmeling is Executive Vice President, Strategic Engagement for Student Veterans of America. He joined the SVA team in December 2015. Prior to joining SVA, Schmeling co-founded the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and was appointed as its first managing director. He supervised the Programs mission area, which included transition, employment, education, and training programs. Schmeling has also served on the Veterans Employment Advisory Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative. Schmeling co-founded two and built three institutes in public and private universities with between 35 and 60 employees in each. He administered or implemented over $90 million in grant funding and authored proposals directly resulting in over $45 million in funding. Schmeling served 6 years in the U.S. Air Force.