Mitchell’s work has improved living conditions in refugee camps, reduced poverty in urban slums, and transformed conflict cities. Presently Mitchell works for President Obama as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, supplying much needed changes to entrenched and complex government problems. These works have included service design for Veterans Affairs, and Enterprise Architecture and Software Design, for the Environmental Protection Agency. His primary focus is to improve government transparency by working with the National Security Council, to deepen and broadly scale the President Obama's first executive memorandum from January 21, 2009 on countering the culture of over-classification. Via the design and deployment of machine assisted declassificaiton processes, this work work will impact the declassification of billions of records with the conclusion of the Obama administration.
While pursuing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, he cofounded the company Symkala, which applies breakthrough robotics technologies to unstructured dark data, driving a new direction in geospatial information systems (GIS).
From 2006-2013, he built the technical consultancy Sutika Sipus to provide international agencies throughout Africa, Middle East, and Afghanistan with new capabilities for urban research and computational analysis to guide strategic interventions.
From 2011-14 he advised the government of Somalia on conflict stabilization and urban reconstruction and pioneered the design of local informatics for the improved security and economic development of Mogadishu. He continues to provide innovation consulting services to governments, multilateral organizations, INGOs, NGOs, and global corporations.
You can also find Mitchell's work in publications by the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and NASA on the integration of UAVs and autonomous cars in cities. His work is regularly featured in a variety of outlets including WIRED, Popular Science, and Gizmodo and he has spoken widely at venues including MIT MediaLab, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Columbia Earth Institute, George Washington University, the American Geography Society, and at Oxford University.