Karl Schmitt

Karl Schmitt

Karl Schmitt, MPA

Passionate Founder & CEO

Karl is the high energy change agent who saw the Vision for bParati while serving as the Chief of the Division of Disaster Planning and Readiness for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  He understands the big picture of how emergency management, healthcare, and public health connect in preparedness and response–or don't.  His career includes:

  • 16 Years on the ground as a firefighter/paramedic and 4 in the air as a flight paramedic.
  • 3 years leading the State of Illinois' public health & medical preparedness and response operations.
  • 5 years leading one of Florida's largest public safety unions, and building a 501(c)(3) charity from the ground up.

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