Charles Mitchell President & CEO

Charles Mitchell grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs in a family of railroaders, teachers, and small business owners. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania's public schools, Bucknell University, the Koch Associate Program, and the Claremont Institute's Publius Fellowship.

Charles first became associated with the Commonwealth Foundation when he was a college newspaper editor under attack for defending free speech. He became a CF investor in 2006, joined the staff as COO in 2010, and became CEO in 2016. In 2014, Charles received State Policy Network's Overton Award; in 2017, City & State PA named him one of its 40 Under 40 Rising Stars; and in 2019 he was honored with the Heritage Foundation's Distinguished Alumni Award.

In addition to his CF responsibilities, he serves as an elder of his family's church, a founder of Threefold Schoolhouse: An Acton Academy, an alumni fellow of the Bucknell Project for American Leadership and Citizenship, and a board member of Americans for Fair Treatment, Broad + Liberty, the Franklin News Foundation, and the Open Discourse Coalition.

Charles lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife and their four daughters.

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