Appointed by the UN Secretary-General, Sandra Mitchell became UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General in March 2015. Ms. Mitchell has nearly 20 years of experience in international peacekeeping, human rights, humanitarian and electoral field missions, including seven years within the United Nations system. She held senior management roles at UNRWA from 2011 to 2013; first as the Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan and later as Chief of Staff. She also spent four years as Director of Elections with UNAMI in Iraq.
Ms. Mitchell started her career in the legal field, first with a commercial firm and later in more senior roles with the American Bar Association and the International Human Rights Law Group. Between 1996 and 2004, she alternated between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in various roles. She served as Chief Humanitarian Affairs Officer of the United Nation’s Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo in 2006.
Ms. Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Washington State University and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law.