N.j. mitchell

educator. capacity builder. coach.

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model
for social change that includes an understanding of ways
to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to
transform structures.” –bell hooks

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The big picture

I am passionate about education and best practices in leadership. It is my fundamental belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key elements to sustaining individual and institutional impact.Through my experiences, I have grown to enjoy educational management and operating in the non-profit sector. I am skillful at strategic thinking (vision & strategy), turning concepts into reality (execution), building and developing teams (management), galvanizing others for a common cause (influencing), and building lifelong partners (cultivation & stewardship). However, I ultimately seek to strengthen others in their roles as leaders. Think we'd be a fit? Learn more & contact me below!


My Professional Profile

Up Close & Personal

First & foremost, I believe in the work that I do. It's always, purpose over process. This belief has carried me through a multitude of experiences where I've been able to shape the leadership of my teams and continue to push organizations forward. With every experience, I approach problems with the belief that there is ALWAYS a solution, no matter how great or complex and that a developed, talented leadership force is always at the crux of innovative design.  ​

I am the Owner of NJM Coaching & Consulting where I aspire to support organizations to build and strengthen their day-to-day business practices by honing in on a bold vision and developing a clear execution strategy. I've had the honor of serving in many capacities (listed below) and hope to continue to use these experiences to grow more leaders in my community and across the nation. 

Professional History


April 2018-Present

Individual and team coaching and consulting services for those looking for leadership development or business expertise. See tab above for further detail.

Executive Director, Teach For America MEMPHIS

June 2019-Present

Set vision and direction for region that maximizes the leadership impact of a network exceeding 700 members in the education reform space. Manage diverse partnerships and relationships with schools, districts, philanthropists, and additional mission-aligned organizations. Annually raise and manage $6 million budget to fund local and national efforts.

Vice President of The Collective, Teach For America

August 2017 - December 2018

Lead our organization's National Alumni of Color Association, The Collective, in pursuit of elevating the voices, experiences, and perspectives of leaders of color while shaping the broader movement toward educational equity. In this role I also work to ensure leaders of color remain aware of the cutting edge leadership needs in their roles as school and system leaders.

Administrator, G. C. Hawley Middle School

August 2013 - May 2014

As a middle school administrator, I supported teachers with instructional needs and professional development plans as well as assisted with the management of school culture and execution of the School Improvement Plan.

Executive Director, Teach For America NC Piedmont Triad

April 2014 - August 2017

Charted our course in the region as founding executive director, to maximize our impact in the short and long run, by articulating a clear vision and plan that maximizes the power of our alumni, increases corps member performance on students’ achievement and leadership, and builds sustaining partnerships with others in the fight for education equity


Education mANAGEMENT

Organizational STRATEGY & Culture

People Development

Equity Work

Educational Experience

Vanderbilt University


Doctor of Education in Leadership & Learning in Organizations

North Carolina State University


Master of School Administration - Northeast Leadership Academy

North Carolina A&T University

2005 - 2008

Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication |  
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

- Audre Lorde -