CFO Council
Acting Director


Joseph Mitchell is Associate Director of the Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement at the General Services Administration. He has been working to build a team at GSA to manage multi-functional, cross-agency projects and initiatives within the Office of Government-wide Policy. This portfolio includes the White House Leadership Development Program and the CXO Fellows Program—government-wide efforts to develop federal leaders’ enterprise leadership skills and increase retention of top talent—along with initiatives to drive progress on the President’s Management Agenda and Cross-Agency Priority Goals, revamp the federal performance.gov website, and develop common government-wide financial and payroll system solutions.

He is on detail to GSA from the National Academy of Public Administration, an internationally-recognized, congressionally-chartered organization that advises public and private sector entities on such issues as governance, transformation, change management, and human capital. He led and managed the organization’s studies and consulting program for nearly 7 years, and he served as a senior advisor to the President and CEO. As Director of Academy Programs, he provided executive-level leadership, project oversight, and subject matter expertise to a wide range of highly regarded organizational assessments and studies, consulting engagements, and thought leader engagements. He served as Project Director for work for the Government Publishing Office, the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

He serves on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Business and Operations, a Federal Advisory Committee that focuses on oversight, integrity, development, and enhancement for improved performance of the Foundation’s business operations. This Advisory Committee provides relevant, objective, and timely advice on current effective practices and needed future management strategies.

Mitchell earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He also holds a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.