Ruth Mitchell was born in Spartanburg SC, attended Converse College where she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Became a faculty member of Converse School of Music. On executive board of National and South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, South Carolina Music Teachers Association, Spartanburg Music Foundation, Woman’s Music Club and Spartanburg Little Theatre. Appointed the Director of Alumnae Development for the College where she created a national fundraising program. Served on the five member steering committee to establish a chamber music series, the Friends of the School of Music at Converse and collaborated with Carlos Moseley, former Manager/President of the New York Philharmonic to attract internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. In 1984, she became Director of Institutional Advancement at Cushing Academy in MA. This role included building an integrated development program, participating on the Headmaster’s strategic planning team and creating a comprehensive marketing program. During her twenty year tenure, she achieved record fundraising, designed and implemented special events globally, fostered relationships with families and their children with extensive travel across Central and South America, Europe, Pacific Rim and the Middle East. She was a founding trustee of the first Native American and Independent School collaboration of its kind. Experienced in building networks across multi-national, multi-cultural and socio-economic differences. She continues to work with numerous nonprofits in the Boston area.