Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell

  • Regional Development Director
  • Phone: (619) 849-2964


Kelly Mitchell, Regional Development Director for Point Loma Nazarene University, is a third generation San Diegan and life-time Point Loma resident.  In her third year with PLNU, she oversees the stewardship of approximately 150 families, as well as in charge of various sponsorship opportunities of events on campus.  Prior to her work at PLNU, Kelly was the development director for the international rowing regatta, the San Diego Crew Classic, and the community relations director for the group that brought the Olympic Training Center to Chula Vista.  Kelly graduated from Santa Clara University and completed her masters in leadership and nonprofit management with University of San Diego. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status in 2010.

Kelly was a member of the 1980 Olympic team and was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for being part of the boycotted team.  She went on to become the Captain of the 1984 Olympic Women’s Rowing Team and won a silver medal as a coxswain for rowing.  She has been Chair of the Ethics Committee on the board for US Rowing, a manager for the World University Games, Area Director for Southern California Olympians, a member of ZLAC Rowing Club, and currently serves on the board of the Point Loma Association.

On a regular basis, Kelly plays tennis at PLNU, works out at MCRD, and walks her dog in Liberty Station. She lives in Loma Portal with her husband, Jerry and two teenage sons in the house she was raised in.  Jerry is a small business owner and has been sprucing up their 1913 home, getting ready to celebrate a century milestone.