I'm a bilingual nonprofit professional, communicator & consultant.
I focus my work in three areas: community building & conflict resolution, project design & management, and writing & communications strategy. I currently work as a Communications Specialist in the Department of Global Development in Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Conflict Resolution & Community Building
With a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and 3+ years working abroad, my passion lies in building a culture of peace to generate stronger, united communities and working to prevent and transform conflict.
Project Design, Management, and Evaluation
I use my skills in needs assessments, capacity building, project management, strategic planning, curriculum design, proposal writing, and more to develop impact-based activities.
Writing and Communications Strategy
I write to inspire and inform, capturing audiences to learn something they never knew before. I develop communications strategies across multiple platforms to ensure a successful distribution of messages.
Communications Specialist @ Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Dec 2019- Present
Write short- and long-form content for multiple platforms; produce newsletters; maintain Drupal and WordPress content management systems; track analytics; coordinate the production and sharing of content between partners; and develop and implement outreach and marketing materials for the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (Feed the Future).
Independent Consultant & Writer @ Freelance
Dec 2015 - Present
As a consultant for international relations and nonprofit projects, support curriculum design and facilitation services for entities such as the Strategic Capacity Group for a conference with the Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement focused on community-building solutions. Conducted strategic planning, international interviews, and data analysis to evaluate conflict resolution programs with clients such as Partners Global. Perform grant research and grant writing for nonprofits such as East Frederick Rising.
Consult in technical, storytelling, travel, and industry-based writing and editing assignments. Perform English to Spanish and Spanish to English translations. Owner/writer of Wonder My Way blog.
Client Services Manager (Virtual)@ Law Offices of Matthew S. Johnston LLC
Apr 2018 - Present
Manage small business firm’s client relations, project management, and online portal. Write and manage blog, perform website maintenance, send newsletters, perform research, and support in legal-based procedures such as contract drafting, trademark applications, and template preparation. Support firm's administration through invoicing, scheduling, and task management.
Program Director @ Hearts of Gold Foundation (Ecuador)
Apr 2016 - Dec 2018
Founded and directed Ecuador’s first capacity building program and formalized network for nonprofits. Managed projects, partnerships, and performed outreach with 25 nonprofits impacting 3,000 beneficiaries. Designed curriculum and program materials. Established partnerships with national and international entities, universities, local governments, online platforms, and associations. Managed all internal and external communications: copywriting, writing, graphics, and content generation for bilingual web, blog, social media, quarterly and annual reports, and public relations.
Crisis Worker & Victim Advocate@ Heartly House
Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
Supported, empowered, and educated victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault via crisis hotline and in-person services. Promoted physical and emotional wellbeing w/ emphasis on stages of healing, safety planning, and self-care. Certified to perform Danger Assessment and Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). Coordinated w/ legal advocates, counselors, and community agencies as appropriate.
Served as first responder to Frederick Memorial Hospital for Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE). Supplied crisis counseling and follow up crisis intervention to primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault. Collaborated with Law Enforcement and Forensic Nurse team to ensure quality trauma-informed care and safety for the survivor.
Shelter Services Coordinator@ Casa de Maria Amor (Ecuador)
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
Provided emotional support for primary and secondary victims of domestic violence in trauma-informed manner. Coordinated supportive services and educational activities for youth residents. Contributed to team-building exercises for group support and ecological sustainability. Spanish speaking position.
Peace Education & Conflict Resolution Consultant @ Frederick County Mediation Center
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Directed program design and implementation for the organization’s charter workshops on conflict resolution and transformation. Generated community interest and promote facilitation projects. Built community networks w/ interfaith leaders, activists, and educators.
Mobilization & Advocacy Intern@ Amnesty International USA
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Educated, mobilized, and organized student and community groups on human rights campaigns via newsletter, social media, e-mail, phone, & person contact. Organized all volunteer responsibilities for the MidAtlantic region & performed outreach for grassroots & high profile events.
MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution | American University, School of International Service
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Concentration in localized peacebuilding and reconciliation with a regional focus in Latin America. Extensive research on resource-based conflicts, intergroup dialogue, nonviolent civil society mobilization, and conflict transformation. Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.9.
BA in Anthropology & International Studies | Towson University, College of Liberal Arts
Sept 2008 - May 2012
Concentration in Latin American Studies, social movements, human rights, and resource-based conflicts. Honors Thesis in Anthropology: “Venezuela, The Bolivarian Revolution & Oil Politics and Head Delegate of Chile at the 2012 Washington Model Organization of the American States. Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.908.
Activities and Societies: Purrrfect Pitch A Capella Choir, Invisible Children, Anthropological Society.
Spanish Study Abroad | Complutense Universidad de Madrid
Oct 2010 - Dec 2010
Spanish immersion program focused in writing, grammar, verbal, history, and culture courses.
I enjoyed extremely working together with Kelly. She is not only very helpful and friendly, she is also not troubled by adversity, very resourceful and creative. We worked together in several workshops and we would meet in the morning, discuss briefly all the 'to do's' and I would start the day on a positive vibe. She is not only a great facilitator, but also a good organizer, communicator and insightful trainer.
Francesco Melita - Owner @ De Verhalenvanger Training and Coaching
Kelly Mitchell was my graduate student at the American University School of International Service. Kelly is disciplined, hard-working, and committed to public service. She is a top-notch student whose grade point average placed her in the top ten percent of her class. She has combined solid academic credentials with extensive field work to become an accomplished professional in a relatively short time. Her regional focus is mostly Latin America, where she has put her linguistic skills to good use. Kelly has outstanding interpersonal and team-building skills, as she demonstrated in her MA capstone project, which she completed under my supervision. Her enthusiasm and always positive demeanor are infectious. I recommend Kelly Mitchell to any would be employer in the highest terms and without reservation.
Hrach Gregorian - Director @ IPCR/SIS American University
Kelly brought a positive, eager can-do attitude to the Hearts of Gold team. Her ability to manage others and her desire to foster meaningful environments and experiences was a true asset to our Community Assistance Program. She also has a great eye for program design and generating powerful analysis regarding program evaluations and assessments. I look forward to seeing her grow in her career.
Colleen Eschenburg - Director of Development @ Hearts of Gold Foundation
Kelly demonstrates a strong work ethic and is very passionate.She has touched some many lives with her ability to empathize and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a pleasure to work with and a true team player.
Sara Chaves - Victim Advocate @ Heartly House