FIRN Executive Director
Mike Mitchell 
The Board of Directors of the Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network (FIRN) announced today the selection of a new Executive Director.  Board President Patti Caplan said Mike Mitchell has been signed to head the organization, which has provided immigration counseling, legal services, translation and interpreter services, and other supports to foreign-born residents in Howard County for nearly 40 years. 
Mitchell brings a depth and breadth of experience to the position, along with a vision for how FIRN can build on its strong history to remain vibrant and relevant moving forward, according to Caplan. 
 
“The Board was extremely impressed with Mike’s first-hand experience in the field of immigration and his practical, realistic approach to program implementation and management. His recognition of FIRN’s potential and his vision for moving the agency forward aligned perfectly with ours. We knew immediately he was the one and are thrilled to have him onboard,” says Caplan.
 
Mitchell is the founder and owner of Solve Up & Mission Rise, a human and technology platform that bridges the resource gap for non-profits, which he launched last year.  He previously served as Vice President of US Programs for HIAS, where he oversaw refugee and immigrant programs at 21 sites and secured more than $1 million in new private and public funding.  Before joining HIAS, he was employed for four years as Vice President of Programs for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.  In 2013, he also chaired the Baltimore Mayor’s Task Force on New Americans.
 
His experience also includes eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, and time as Workforce Preparation Manager for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Manager of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, and Project Director for the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps.
 
Mitchell is a 1993 graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds certificates in Negotiation and Strategic Perspectives from the Harvard Business School and in Project Management from UMBC. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Maryland Nonprofits. 
 
 "After spending almost eight years working on behalf of refugees and immigrants at a national level, I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to make a similar difference at a local level,” Mitchell says. “I look forward to doing so alongside the staff, board, volunteers and donors, who have offered me the warmest welcome, in the same way FIRN has welcomed newcomers to this country for four decades." 
 

 

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