Director of Strategic Initiatives & International Programs
Dr. Mitchell leads the Academy’s Grand Challenges in Public Administration initiative, which is working to address the most challenging issues facing government over the next decade. He leads the Agile Government Center along with Academy Fellows from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, advances cutting edge thought leadership, and develops partnerships with other good government groups, American universities, and universities in other countries. Most recently, he was at the General Services Administration to help stand up its Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement, building and leading a team to manage multi-functional and cross-agency projects and initiatives in support of the President’s Management Agenda. Previously, he led and managed the Academy’s organizational studies program, overseeing all congressionally-directed and agency-requested reviews and consulting engagements. He has directed work for a variety of public agencies, including for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Government Publishing Office, Council of Europe, the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He serves on the National Science Foundation’s Business and Operations Advisory Committee. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the national academic honor society; Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration; and the American Society for Public Administration. He holds a Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.