Amy K. Mitchell brings together more than twenty years of national security, diplomacy, international relations, and strategic communications experience across government, media and the non-profit sector.
Ms. Mitchell most recently served as a member of the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of State. As Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, she advised the Secretary on public diplomacy, advanced the Department’s critical mission by forging international partnerships, and oversaw all high-level engagements and events. She was awarded the Exceptional Public Service Medal for her service, the Department’s highest honor. As the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department, she advised the Department’s senior leadership on strategic diplomatic initiatives, including the implementation of the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security agenda and women’s economic empowerment, specifically in the Indo-Pacific region. She represented the office in interagency policy processes and bilateral and multilateral diplomatic engagements, and drove implementation of key policy decisions on China, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and other priority contexts.
During the George W. Bush administration, Ms. Mitchell was the director of special projects at the Department of Defense and the deputy director of communications of the U.S.-hosted 2004 G8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia. She has also held senior communications positions outside government, including Vice President of Communications for National Review; Director of Communications for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; Vice President of Public Affairs at the United Service Organizations (USO); and Managing Editor of The American Spectator.
Ms. Mitchell is currently a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at New Lines Institute, focused on human rights; a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Foreign Policy Study Group; a strategic consultant to military and veterans service organizations; and is on the board of Eagle Online Academy, which implements educational programs for Afghan women and girls. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.