Catherine Mitchell is the Executive Director at River Front Development Group, a North Carolina tax-exempt Community Development Corporation with responsibility for day-to-day operations. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. Degree and Rutgers University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. She has also served as a Rutgers Law School – Visiting Professor of Law in Urban Legal Practice.
She formulates strategies and initiatives for River Front including facilitating stakeholder relations, project development, working with government, agencies and community. A primary function of her job is to lead teams and collaborations as part of interdisciplinary groups to devise and execute strategies that result in favorable outcomes in heritage tourism, affordable housing, nonprofit business services, community resources and youth development.
She and her husband are former operators of the Asheville – Mountain Smokehouse Restaurant and Music Hall, specializing in BBQ, Bluegrass Music, and Clogging. The restaurant was featured on the TV show “The Food Network” and “Our State” the Tourism Magazine.
She lives in Asheville with husband Marcell Proctor, an Asheville native.