Richard Schmitz

Senior Director, Communications


Richard Schmitz

Richard Schmitz is senior director of communications for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Schmitz leads communications and public affairs programs that inform and inspire PQA members and other health care professionals on the role of medication use quality in a patient-centered, value-driven health care system. He also manages PQA's stakeholder engagement and education teams, ensuring member-responsive and aligned initiatives across the organization.

Schmitz has nearly 20 years of experience translating complex issues into compelling messages, engaging stakeholders and creating effective strategies for change. Prior to joining PQA, Schmitz led the health care public affairs group for the Washington, D.C., office of the international PR firm Golin, where he advised clients on strategic corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, public affairs and government relations. Before that, he was director of communications for the Society for Women’s Health Research and director of public relations at NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.

An award-winning communicator, Schmitz has won the North America SABRE Award for Medical Technology and multiple FREDDIE Awards for Women’s Health. He is the author of numerous publications including “The Brain and Degenerative Diseases,” a chapter in “The Savvy Woman Patient: How and Why Your Sex Matters to Your Health.”