David Mitchell has been a passionate friend and supporter of SOS Children’s Villages since 2005, when he first encountered SOS Emergency Relief teams in Indonesia after the December 2004 tsunami. A retired United States Air Force Captain, Mitchell has personally flown to visit SOS Villages, Relief Programs, and Family Strengthening Programs in Bosnia, Nicaragua and Haiti on multiple occasions. In January 2010, he visited the SOS Village in Santo, outside of Port-au-Prince, to aid in relief efforts within two days of the Haiti earthquake.
From 1973 to 1980, Mitchell flew missions with the Air Force in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and the Arctic Circle. After his honorable discharge in 1980, he worked with the oil and gas industry and with large-scale commercial/corporate agriculture. He now runs a general contractor commercial industrial construction business.
In addition to his service to SOS Children’s Villages, Mitchell also worked to help children at risk as Board Chairman for the Tyler, Texas/Smith County Child Welfare Board, and he continues to work with youth in his community of Southlake, Texas. He received a BBA with a major in Management and a secondary in Marketing from Southern Methodist University.