Eileen Mitchell is president of AT&T Illinois, one of the state’s largest private employers. Mitchell is responsible for the company’s public policy, philanthropy and community relations initiatives in Chicago and throughout the state. She was appointed to the position effective December 1, 2018.
She joined the company in 2003 and, as Vice President – External Affairs, led team campaigns to achieve numerous public policy objectives in Illinois. She also served in an expanded role as lead strategist and coordinator of designated AT&T legislative campaigns and initiatives in other states. Mitchell also directed planning and implementation of AT&T charitable giving and community relations initiatives in Chicago and throughout Illinois. After departing for public service in 2015, she rejoined AT&T in May 2017.
In 2018, Mitchell was instrumental in the development of the company’s “Believe Chicago” employee-inspired initiative designed to help improve lives and lift 19 Chicago neighborhoods most affected by gun violence and high unemployment.
Mitchell has successfully led teams at the highest levels of public service, political campaign management and corporate government relations in Illinois.
In 1992, Mitchell began her public service career in the office of Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan. In 2015, after 12 years at AT&T, Mitchell returned to public service to serve as chief of staff in the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
As a volunteer, Mitchell worked with Cardinal Blase Cupich to develop the Office of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She serves on the Board of Directors for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and serves as a volunteer 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.