Who We Are

Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt is the founder and owner of Missouri Wonk. Brian Schmidt served as the Executive Director of the Missouri General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Tax Policy. During his time with the committee, he researched and developed a comprehensive reform of Missouri’s property tax system, worked with state administering agencies to implement a new tax credit tracking system, developed the legislature’s scoring model that forecasts changes in state revenue collections, and assisted legislators in crafting and analyzing tax and economic development proposals.

He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Truman State University and a Master of Public Affairs-Public Policy degree from the University of Missouri Columbia. He currently teaches a class as a part of the Master of Arts in Leadership at Truman State University. He also serves as co-chair of the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council’s Data Committee.

Brian has tackled diverse projects including tax policy and incentives, education, healthcare, transportation, housing, crime, and neighborhood revitalization. Brian can be reached at bschmidt@mowonk.com.

Paul Fehler

pff_headshot_600_P1010077-05bPaul Fehler is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Geography, with an area of emphasis in GIS, demography, and spatial statistics.

After graduation he worked as a programmer for ESRI in their Redlands, California office.

He is a producer of the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, receiving FOCUS St Louis’ 2012 What’s Right With the Region award for “Improving racial equality”, as well as the American Historical Association’s 2011 John E. O’Connor Film award, and the Organization of American Historians’ 2012 Erik Barnouw Award.

He is the founder and the curator of the BIG Map Blog, and lives in South City with his wife Nadia, where he is the Vice President of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association.

Paul can be reached at paulfehler@mowonk.com.