Mollie Mitchell is the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group. She is a passionate education reformer who has been recruiting in the sector since 2001, longer than any of her direct competitors. Since creating The K12 Search Group in 2007, Mollie has worked with many high-performing charter school operators and education reform organizations around the country to help them recruit senior-level talent into their organizations.
Prior to founding The K12 Search Group, Mollie served for more than five years as Senior Director of Recruitment at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a nonprofit organization created by businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad to recruit talented leaders into senior level positions in urban school systems. Mollie was the first full-time staff member hired to oversee all recruiting activities for the Center’s two leadership development programs: The Broad Superintendents Academy, a ten-month competitive fellowship to prepare professionals to run large urban school systems, and The Broad Residency, a two-year placement program for up and coming leaders in a large urban school system or CMO. She designed and managed the entire annual selection and admissions process for both programs.
During her tenure at The Broad Center, Mollie recruited over 100 senior executives from business, military, government, nonprofit and education into The Broad Superintendents Academy. More than half of the Broad Academy graduates she recruited have been hired as CEOs or senior administrators in public school systems across the nation. Similarly, Mollie recruited 120 young leaders from the private sector and top MBA programs into The Broad Residency, many of whom continue to work in the K-12 education sector today.
Prior to joining The Broad Center, Mollie spent three years at Heidrick & Struggles International, a leading global executive search firm, where she executed senior searches across a number of industries. She started her human resources career in training and development, conducting workshops around the world for a large global travel agency.
Mollie holds a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA from Marymount University. She is a dedicated advocate for education reform and has served on the board of two charter schools. Mollie has lived in Washington, DC, Denver, and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys exploring the many local trails and creeks with her golden retrievers.