DEENA MITCHELL IS
AN EDUCATION CHAMPION
Deena has fought for Alaska’s school children to get the support that they need. Her advocacy was instrumental in the passage of legislation in 2014 that provided a 3-year schedule of funding increases for our schools. Deena worked with local schools to increase parent and community involvement through community cafes. She mobilized many Alaskans on education issues as they arose, at the school, district and state levels, and even at the national level when necessary. Pressure from Great Alaska Schools’ grassroots advocacy has been a factor in maintaining flat state funding for schools despite efforts to make draconian cuts.
Deena has three children -- two are graduates of the Anchorage School District, and one is a high school junior. As a parent, she engaged in public schools from the very beginning, as a classroom volunteer and through her positions in many PTAs. She is currently a legislative liaison for West Anchorage High School’s PTA. Additionally Deena coordinated the “Student Government Program” for her local League of Women Voters in Chicago, which engaged 8th graders with city and state leaders and legislators for first-hand experience in civics.
Commitment to Public Education
Deena’s parents immigrated to the United States for educational opportunities. Consequently Deena is steeped in a culture of education from birth. She is a product of public schools, and her children attend public schools. She also taught Economics at Indiana University.
Deena’s background in economics, as well as her experience in client service at a large advertising agency, honed her skills in budgeting and financial analysis, and provide perspective in the areas of spending priorities and public finance. Deena will provide the kind of budget leadership our School District needs.
Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Mallott invited Deena to participate in their “Sustainable Alaska” conference at the UAF campus in June 2015, which convened Alaskans to discuss their vision for the future. Deena also served on the “Alaska Education Challenge” in 2017, as a member of the “Tribal and Community Impact” committee. She meets with all Alaskans, from our legislators on down, to advocate for public education.