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, on the boards of the Franklin News Foundation and Americans for Fair Treatment, as an alumni fellow of the Bucknell Project for American Leadership and Citizenship, and as an owner of Threefold School: An Acton Academy.

Before joining CF, Charles worked for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. 

Charles lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife, their four daughters, and a very faithful Subaru, which carries him and CF's vision to every corner of Pennsylvania.

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