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Tracy Slaybaugh Mitchell

Tracy Mitchell

Director of Resilience and Climate Adaptation


MA, International Economic Development, Iowa State University
MS, Animal Breeding, Iowa State University
BS, Dairy/Animal Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Tracy Mitchell is a resilience expert focused on climate adaptation and food security. She has more than 25 years of experience in international development, having served as Chief of Party and provided technical assistance to USAID- and USDA-funded economic growth and poverty-reduction development programs in Africa and the former Soviet Union.

Currently, Ms. Mitchell leads RTI’s resilience practice in the International Development Group’s Agriculture, Water and Environment division where she focuses on building resilience to climate change. Ms. Mitchell also leads RTI initiatives that identify new ways to achieve and measure systemic resilience, for example of livestock and crop market systems and nutritious food systems. She bolsters resilience programming in current projects, incorporates resilience in the design of new projects, and provides thought leadership that integrates resilience across RTI’s divisions.

Ms. Mitchell joined RTI in 2019 from DAI, where she helped develop the institutional architecture for resilience for the South Sudan USAID Mission and supported programs in crop and livestock value chains. Prior to joining DAI, Tracy was the Chief of Party for a large USAID Food for Peace program in Karamoja, Uganda. Her background also includes positions and consulting roles with Mercy Corps and CNFA, as well as international and domestic work in economic growth, agricultural production, and business development. Tracy started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia. She continues to live on her family farm in southwest Virginia.

Learn more about Tracy and her work.

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