September 13, 2021


Writing Fellows Alumni Spotlight: Krista Mitchell

By: AF Editors

Writing Fellows Alumni Spotlight: Krista MitchellKrista Mitchell, Spring 2020

Media Relations Manager, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University

What piece are you most proud of writing?

I’m most proud of my piece at the Orange County Register from 2020, called “Women Don’t Need State Mandated Quotas to Succeed,” because while these types of laws are usually passed with the best of intentions, they rarely result in the best of outcomes.

What topic do you wish more people were writing about?

I wish more people would write about cronyism and state subsidies to private businesses and how this practice distorts the market. If you’re interested in this topic, I highly recommend work from economists Matt Mitchell and Michael Farren, and scholar Adam Thierer.

In what way has AF been helpful in advancing your career?

AF has connected me to a wide network of policy and communications professionals with which I have found close friends and folks who I can bounce ideas off. It has also helped me to become a better writer, through both the Writing Fellows program and the online blog. Their editors are so helpful and insightful!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

For me, it comes from both my mom and mother-in-law: “Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord.” —Colossians 3:23.

You can read more of Krista’s work here on our blog.