Grady Mitchell is a Roots of Success (ROS) Master Trainer and motivational speaker and consultant with Grady Mitchell Consulting. Mitchell has been a guest speaker on programs hosted by Microsoft, Yale University, Boston College, the Washington (state) Bar Association, and the Rotary Club, among many others. The ROS curriculum covers a wide variety of environmental issues including land use, waste, energy, transportation, buildings, health, agriculture, urban sprawl, the effects of landfills, and chemical pollution. ROS now offers certified apprenticeships in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor. Mitchell became a ROS instructor in 2013 while serving a life without parole sentence in Washington state prisons.
Mitchell has taught and mentored hundreds of students in the ROS program and trained men incarcerated in Washington’s prisons to teach ROS classes. In January 2021, after Mitchell’s 37-year sentence was commuted, he joined the ROS team, serving as Corrections and Re-Entry Program Director and as an Advisory Board member with the Roots of Success program. Mitchell volunteers for the Washington Department of Corrections in developing volunteer and re-entry policies and continues to mentor.
He is the married father of six and grandfather of a college freshman.