Eileen Mitchell is president of AT&T Illinois and AT&T Great Lakes States with responsibility for AT&T’s public policy, philanthropy and community relations initiatives throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Mitchell first joined AT&T in 2003 and, as Vice President – External Affairs, successfully led initiatives to modernize public policy in Illinois and served as lead strategist for successful AT&T initiatives in other states. After departing for public service in 2015, she rejoined AT&T in May 2017.
In 2018, Mitchell led development of Believe Chicago® , the company’s employee-informed initiative designed to help residents and lift Chicago south and west side neighborhoods impacted by gun violence and high unemployment through AT&T hiring, mentoring, internships and philanthropy to more than 100 organizations helping residents. This work led to the launch of the corporation’s national community engagement initiative, AT&T Believes℠.
Mitchell successfully led teams in municipal and state government, most recently as chief of staff to the Mayor of Chicago (2015 – 2016) and, on the staff of the Illinois Speaker of the House (1992 – 2003). As a volunteer, Mitchell worked with the Archdiocese of Chicago helping the Cardinal develop the Office of Violence Prevention (2017). Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors of: The Economic Club of Chicago, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Urban League, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and Loyola University. She is a trustee of the Civic Federation, a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club and serves on advisory boards for Misericordia and Marillac St. Vincent Family Services.
Born and raised in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, she is a graduate of Loyola University. Mitchell and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of three children, Bridget, Jack and Martin. They reside in Chicago.