Fred D. Mitchell serves as vice president of development for UNCF’s Mid-Atlantic and Midwest region and oversees the operations and fundraising activities of UNCF’s 12 offices located across the Northeast and Midwest. Mitchell is responsible for raising more than $17 million annually in support of UNCF’s national campaign. Mitchell joined UNCF in 2001 as the regional director for corporations in Chicago, IL. Since that time, he has worked as an area development director in Indianapolis, IN, and Newark, NJ, and as the regional development director in New York.
Before joining UNCF, Mitchell was Midwest area director with Western Union Financial Services in Chicago, responsible for directing sales, marketing and daily operations while overseeing an agent network of 2,500 agent locations across eight states. Mitchell has received numerous awards for his work in the community, and was honored with the key to the city of Indianapolis prior to him leaving in 2005. In 2010, he was nominated and selected to take part in the American Express Leadership Academy for Not-for Profit Leaders. In 2016 Mitchell was selected as a co-chair for the CASE/AADO Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership conference. During the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 fiscal years, Mitchell and his teams in New York and Indianapolis were credited with securing three of the largest gifts in UNCF history. His Northern-Midwest division was awarded the “Division of the Year Award” for 2014-2015 for its performance and contribution to the organization’s overall performance.
Mitchell is a former trustee at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, and is a founding member and immediate past president of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association of New Jersey, and a 37-year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mitchell is a native of Seattle, WA. Mitchell earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration/marketing from UNCF-member institution Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. He is married to Emily Nichols-Mitchell and has two daughters, Lauren, a graduate of Clemson University and Georgia State University, and Morgan, a recent graduate of Georgia State University.