Jason Mitchell was named acting director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.
Mitchell came to Baltimore from Oakland, California where he served as the city’s assistant city administrator. He joined the Scott administration in May.
As Oakland’s assistant city administrator, Mitchell managed more than 2,500 city employees. His portfolio included the departments of public works, transportation, planning, building, library, parks and recreation, human services, workforce employment services and Oakland’s 311. Before joining the City Administrator’s Office, he served as director of Oakland’s Public Works Department.
In Oakland, Mitchell assisted with implementing the city’s Zero Waste initiative and ensured approximately 55 percent diversion rates in commercial and multi-family organics in 2020. Under his leadership, Oakland onboarded a new mixed materials processing facility to dramatically expand the City’s diversion capacity.
Mitchell also initiated a master plan for sewer and storm infrastructure to better plan for capital needs and ensure stable rates for ratepayers. He led the city’s Reimaging Permitting Initiative to create a one-stop, multi-departmental permitting center to increase efficiencies, create advanced analytics and provide improved customer experiences. Mitchell has also led major initiatives hand-in-hand with community members to address blight and illegal dumping.
ABOUT JASON MITCHELL
I have passionately advocated for education in all realms. To that end, I have earned a doctoral degree in Organization Leadership from the School of Education and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree with a concentration in finance from California State University Eastbay.
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
I would be a professor at a university. I enjoy teaching and learning from the next generation. Being able to share my experience and learn from the experiences of others is a very satisfying process and allows me to continue to improve and grow in my own personal development.
The family and I visited a collection of Black History Museums over about two weeks in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the country. Our travels took us to Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; Washington; Richmond, Virginia; and Greensboro, North Carolina. It was truly a great history lesson for all of us.
When I want to relax, I …:
Play video games. I was lucky enough to get a PlayStation 5 and I have a few games I play on there. I also always enjoy watching a good movie with my family.
“The Five Heartbeats”
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino
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