Renee J. Mitchell is an expert in policing research with a professional background in law enforcement. As a 22‐​year member of the Sacramento Police Department, she served in patrol, detectives, recruiting, schools, and the Regional Transit System. In 2009–2010, she was a Fulbright Police Research Fellow, studying juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. She is the co‐​founder of the American Society of Evidence‐​Based Policing and serves on its executive committee.

Dr. Mitchell joined RTI in 2020 as a Senior Police Researcher.