Program Manager of Community Engagement & Innovation
Mike Schindler manages AmericaServes community networks in the Western Region for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Working across Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Texas, with federal, state, and community-based organizations, Schindler empowers the development, launch and operation of high-performing coordinated networks of services, resources, and care that are dedicated to improving the lives of veterans, service members and their families. Schindler, an author and nationally recognized authority on leadership and veteran transition issues, leads Communities of Practice across the Western United States that connect nearly 150 human service providers and combine the best practices and methodology of private business, research universities, and impactful military and veteran organizations in order to achieve their mission of optimizing the performance of human service providers that care for veterans. From Seattle to San Antonio, building Communities of Practice that share learning and seamlessly service clients from big cities to rural military-base communities is what Schindler and his team have become known for in the dozens of communities that they support every day.
Prior to joining IVMF, Schindler founded and served as chief executive officer of Operation Military Family Cares –– a 501(c)(3) veteran service organization and technology provider that provides pathways to success for military and veteran families.
Schindler is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 20 years of experience in project management, coaching, and executive experience working in and with the military, startups, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. Schindler has been featured on numerous national radio shows, including CBS radio, Entrepreneur Radio, the Lars Larson Show, is a key contributor on Q13 Fox TV in Seattle, and is a guest writer for several national publications and The Military Wire blog.
Schindler is the author of two books: “U.S. Veterans in the Workforce: Why the 7% are America’s Greatest Asset” and “Operation Military Family” – which was endorsed by retired General Tommy Franks and retired General Peter Chiarelli.