Veniese Bradley Mitchell
STEM Learning EcosystemsSM Consultant
Veniese Mitchell has amassed more than 14 years of leadership experience in college access programming creating successful programs for first generation, low-income, underserved, minority secondary students at the local, regional and national levels.
Mitchell currently serves as Technical Asistance Lead (TAL) for the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) where she serves three STEM Learning Ecosystems in cohorts 1, 2 and 3 in the Eastern part of the country. Mitchell concurrently serves as Director of Illinois GEARUP. In Illinois, the Federal GEARUP grant is administered by the Illinois Student Asisstance Commission (ISAC). Mitchell leads a team of 5 managers and oversees 24 GEARUP partner schools throughout the State of Illinois. Mitchell is tasked with full program implementation including 7th – 12th grade curriculum design, development and implemtation.
“Most of all I love working withTIES because I get to work with people who are passionate about the futureof children…all children which are my driving force.
Prior to joining ISAC to lead GEARUP, Mitchell held the post of Training & Curriculum Manager for College Advising Corps (CAC), where she lead the design, development, implementation and delivery of training programs for national CAC program chapter focused on core college access adviser training areas. Prior to the national training role, she was the Regional Director for the College Advising Corps (CAC), while she concurrently served as an operations liaison, consultant and adviser to MDRC’s college match program. In addition to her professional responsibilities with CAC and MDRC, Mitchell was accepted to serve as one of only a handful of professionals nationwide to evaluate scholarship candidates for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, which was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was also selected to present two workshops for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s Beating the Odds Summit: a daylong conference held in the White House for 150 college-bound students who overcame substantial obstacles to graduate high school and enroll in college.
Prior to joining the College Advising Corps, Mitchell began her career in college access programming and leadership within the Chicago Public Schools progressing from College & Career Coach at Kenwood Academy into a district-wide College & Career Specialist. There she held full accountability for leadership over five College & Career Coaches and the creation and implementation of college access programs in 21 CPS high schools, as well as facilitating city-wide professional development programs, aiding faculty and staff in understanding and responding to pertinent college access topics.
Prior to her career in college access programming and leadership, Mitchell held a progressive career in finance, project management, database administration and quality assurance within healthcare, professional associations and corporations. Mitchell completed a Master of Business Administration from Saint Xavier University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Robert Morris University. Active in a variety of community organizations, notably, she is the co-founder of SERIOUS (Sharing Empowering Responsible Information 4 Obtaining Undergraduate Success), a city-wide success program that supports the transition of high school seniors to college.