NPSI Director of District Engagement
Veniese Bradley-Mitchell completed her education in the Chicago Public Schools and holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Xavier University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Robert Morris University. Through her work, she has amassed more than 17 years of leadership and consulting experience in college and career access programming drawing upon her unique experience and first-hand knowledge to develop expansive, successful programs for first generation, low-income, underserved, minority secondary students at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
Bradley-Mitchell is currently the Director of District Engagement with National Postsecondary Strategy Institute (NPSI), where she provides her expertise via leadership coaching, professional development, and support to school districts throughout the U.S. She has led and/or supported the development of numerous training engagements, as well as large scale virtual conferences. Previous to her current role, she served as Director of Special Projects for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). She was instrumental in building a top performing team in Illinois’ GEARUP initiative, which provides direct services to schools in the State of Illinois, focused on increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Bradley-Mitchell also provided consulting services with TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) focused on improved STEM education accessibility to all students and building collaborative partnerships with stakeholders, including educators, funders, museums, corporations, nonprofit groups and government agencies.
Previously, Bradley-Mitchell had six years of progressive experience with the high-growth College Advising Corps (CAC). In her last position of Training & Curriculum Manager, she led the design, development, implementation, and delivery of training programs for national CAC program charters focused on core college access adviser training areas. As a key member of the strategic planning and leadership team, she was responsible for identifying specific program and charter needs and developing targeted, needs-based curriculum. In a short time period, Bradley-Mitchell developed multiple new training modules and programs, including suites of tools and resources for advisers to continue to develop skill sets, which have been instrumental in improving national results for college access and college match.
Prior to her national training role, Bradley-Mitchell filled a dual role of Regional Director for the College Advising Corps (CAC), while serving as an operations liaison, consultant, and adviser to MDRC’s college match program. As Regional Director at the College Advising Corps, she was instrumental in expanding the program reach to more students and universities, as well as supporting successful grant acquisition initiatives. Bradley-Mitchell traveled nationally collaborating with colleges and universities, as well as high schools and district administrators. Bradley-Mitchell also served to evaluate scholarship candidates for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For scholarship years 2013 through 2016, Bradley-Mitchell was one of 40 African American Readers for the African American GMSP applicant pool.
Bradley-Mitchell began her career in college and career access programming and leadership in the Chicago Public Schools progressing from College & Career Coach at Kenwood Academy to a district-wide College & Career Specialist. There she held full leadership accountability for five College & Career Coaches. She also led the creation and implementation of college and career access programs in 21 CPS high schools, as well as facilitating city-wide professional development programs, aiding faculty and staff in understanding and responding to pertinent college and career access topics.
Bradley-Mitchell has excelled in each of her leadership roles due to her ability to build strong relationships and her intimate understanding of the path for college and career access. Bradley-Mitchell is co-founder of “S.E.R.I.O.U.S.”, a city-wide success program that supports the transition of high school seniors to college.