Press Releases Faith Mitchell Named Institute Fellow for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute
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WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2020 — Faith Mitchell, PhD, has joined the Urban Institute as an Institute fellow, where she’ll work closely with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Health Policy Center.

At Urban, Mitchell’s efforts will focus on building the American Transformation Project, a new effort to evaluate the impact of racial and ethnic evolution on the nation’s future social and economic development. Additionally, Mitchell will also focus on strengthening Urban’s work on philanthropic efforts to bring an equity lens to grantmaking that explores the intersections of health policy and other key social issues, such as housing and food security.

“We’re honored to have Faith Mitchell grow her research at Urban. With experience in both the private and public sector, Mitchell brings a critical knowledge to the institution, further positioning Urban as the trusted source for unbiased insights that inform policy and offer evidence-based solutions,” said Shena Ashley, vice president of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.

Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Mitchell was president and CEO of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), a national philanthropic affinity group that supports and informs the work of health foundations and corporate giving programs. First hired as vice president for program and strategy in 2007, she was responsible for leading the development and implementation of integral mental health, healthy living, health care access, and racial health disparity improvement initiatives.

Before GIH, Mitchell was senior program officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where her studies focused on health disparities in minority and low-income communities, resulting in actionable policy advice that reached lawmakers, business leaders, foundations, and the public. Mitchell’s 10 years as deputy director and center director at the National Academies prior to her role with IOM solidified her expertise in health and social sciences and raised her visibility within the philanthropic sector. She has also held leadership positions at the US Department of State, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation.

“As the country continues to evolve racially and ethnically, research is necessary to evaluate how a transformed demographic will impact major national sectors including education, employment, and health care, among others,” said Mitchell. “I’m eager to work with Urban as we dive deep into what the findings tell us and how we can use the results to elevate the policy debate.”


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Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
Policy Centers Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy