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Hattie Mitchell Visiting Professor

Hattie Mitchell

Visiting Professor of Education and Policy
School of Public Policy


Hattie Mitchell is a social justice entrepreneur and the Founder of Crete Academy. In her role as Principal of Crete, a non-profit, charter school, she serves children in South Los Angeles who are experiencing homelessness and living in poverty. Through an integrated school model, which she developed, she and her team support 133 students in grades TK-6th. Prior to founding Crete, Mitchell worked for a national charter management organization expanding their portfolio of charters around the country. During her tenure as an educator, Mitchell served as a second and fifth grade teacher, Dean of Students and worked at both the state and federal levels on education policy initiatives. As the Chief of Staff for Student Programs at the Louisiana Department of Education, Mitchell led the state's Race to the Top program. In her federal education role, she worked for President Obama, as an education intern and led the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Mitchell holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Learning and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California State University Los Angeles, a master's degree in Public Policy from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.


  • PhD, University of Southern California
  • MPP, Pepperdine School of Public Policy 
  • BA, California State University, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic Education Policy
  • Educational Leadership
  • Charter Schools
  • State and Federal Education Policy


  • Education Reform and Leadership


  • MPP 687 Seminar in Regional Policies