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Kristen Mitchell, Ph.D.

Kristen Mitchell, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor


Washington D.C. Metro Area

I am an experienced geoscientist and marine chemist with specific experience promoting educational outreach and fundraising initiatives in support of science-specific policy and research. I work with policy makers, commercials entities, and universities to educate and inform their communities of the importance of crafting sus...



Senior Advisor

I support the Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area with policy development and reviewing and evaluating policy associated with pending legislation and legislative proposals and policy matters bearing on all programs under the Under Secretary's jurisdiction. In addition, I develop communications strategies and materials, and stakeholder communications and outreach.

Research, Education and Economics is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, as well as strong communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education.


XPRIZE Visioneers Prize Developer

The world is shaped by Visioneers; those with the courage to think exponentially vs. linearly, to shoot for 10x vs. 10% over the status quo, who are willing to fail because they ultimately believe that failure is not the opposite of success, but defines the parameters for success. These are the individuals that not only have the vision for a better future, but who also have the perseverance and passion to get there. Visioneers are a mix of bold innovator, industry disruptor, change-maker, inventor, garage tinkerer, entrepreneur, and explorer. Visioneers are the center of the XPRIZE universe; we are inspired by them, we aspire to be like them, and the XPRIZE ecosystem is honored to include some of the most prominent Visioneers in the world.

The XPRIZE Visioneers Summit is not just an event, but a process that is part of the XPRIZE strategic approach to evolve and advance its prize designs. The process culminates at an annual gathering of the XPRIZE ecosystem. During this multi-day event, teams will share their XPRIZE Impact Design Proposals to over 200 attendees (mentors), who will evaluate and critique each team’s proposal. This diverse group of mentors will include prominent corporate CEOs, government leaders, the world’s top innovators, respected philanthropists, and leading entrepreneurs. Collectively, at the Visioneers Summit, this community will ultimately determine which concept(s) will be selected as the next global XPRIZE competition.This Fall the XPRIZE Visioneers Summit 2016, sponsored by the Roddenberry Foundation, will feature 9 hand-selected international teams of Visioneers. These teams will have spent nearly 6 months designing the next generation of XPRIZEs, aspiring to create disruptive impact across a portfolio of the world’s grandest challenges in the following domains: cancer, ALS, space, empathy, drinking water, nutrition/foods, next generation homes, water desalinization.

Independent Consulting

Principal Consultant

Work with policy makers, universities, NGOs, private companies on energy, environment and ocean issues. Produce scientific content, market analyses, events, and web content.
Clients include Amphos 21, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Sea Education Association, and others.

University of Waterloo

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Supervised graduate student working on research for a plastic pollution project. Specific duties included:
•Provided regular mentoring, coaching, and advising to graduate student on the research process.
•Assisted student with identifying goals, targets, and metrics for success within graduate student plan.
•Guided student through drafting and publishing a review paper on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.
•Connected student to key collaborators and mentored student on development of a research project.
•Evaluated student’s final thesis. Ultimately, the student passed the graduate program and was nominated for the Dean of Science award for creativity in the thesis.