Since August 2013, Michael
Mitchell ’11 MPA has been a policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities (CBPP). Mitchell studies state support of higher education, criminal
justice reforms, and corrections spending. CBPP is one of the nation’s premier
policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy
and public programs that affect low and moderate-income families and
individuals. The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public
debates over proposed budget and tax policies, to help ensure that policymakers
consider the needs of low income families and individuals in these debates.
While serving as a policy analyst, he is also in the program director of the State Policy Fellowship Program--also housed in the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities--a program that offers recently graduated masters students two-year fellowships to conduct research that tackles domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice.
As a policy analyst,
Mitchell is responsible for analyzing trends in state support of higher
education and state criminal justice reforms and corrections spending. He
provides state partners with technical support analyzing and researching state
tax proposal and policy solutions.
Prior to joining
the Center, Mitchell worked full-time as a state policy fellow with the
Washington State Budget and Policy Center, a state level non-profit,
non-partisan research organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity
to low-income Washington state families. In his role, he focused on Washington
state tax and budget policy decisions and how they specifically impacted young
adults and people of color.
Mitchell earned his MPA
from the Maxwell School in 2011 and his bachelor of science in political
science and economics from the University of Connecticut.
Maxwell helped Mitchell
determine how he would impact public policy. Mitchell stated, “Coursework in
tax policy, primarily Len Burman's tax policy class, and state and local finance,
taught by John Yinger, really impressed upon me the importance of tax and
budget decisions in shaping the rest of the public policy landscape. From
tuition costs at public colleges to the sustainability of roads and bridges to
affordable childcare for working parents, budgets and taxes play a critical
role in determining the quality of life for all of us.” As a Public Policy and
International Affairs Fellow, Mitchell received a full scholarship to attend
Maxwell, where he served as a teaching assistant for a graduate level
His advice to current
students is to, “think critically about how the work you're currently doing as
a student can help you find employment in the policy field you eventually want
to enter. Use class projects as opportunities to build a portfolio of work that
you can showcase to potential employers, unifying your work from various
classes into a coherent narrative around a specific field can be highly