skip to main content

Renee D. Coleman-Mitchell

Renee D. Coleman-Mitchell Renee D. Coleman-Mitchell currently serves as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH is the state’s leader in public health policy and oversight. Ms. Coleman-Mitchell leads the department in its mission to protect and improve the health and safety of Connecticut residents. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Ms. Coleman-Mitchell served as the Executive Director of the newly rebranded Cougar Health Services at Washington State University (WSU). In her role, Ms. Coleman-Mitchell was responsible for the operations of the healthcare facility serving WSU’s 30,000 student physical, mental and emotional needs utilizing a public health approach. She was successful in integrating services to provide a student-centered holistic approach in the provision of health services while also rebranding the department, and developing a new mission, vision and guiding principles along with implementing a new electronic health record system for the entire department. She was also successful in generating an additional 1M in revenue annually and bringing trans-health/gender affirmation services to the center for the student body. Prior to her employment at WSU, Ms. Coleman-Mitchell was Section Chief at the Connecticut Department of Public Health for the Community, Family and Health Equity Section. As Section Chief, she was directly responsible for the fiscal and programmatic management for various public health programs primarily addressing chronic diseases, women and children’s health, school-based health and oral health, genomics, and health equity. She was instrumental in establishing a statewide Injury Program, creating CT’s first Violent Death Reporting System and implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate standards throughout the department and for the state. Previously, Ms. Coleman-Mitchell has served in various leadership roles such as Deputy Director of Health for the City of Hartford, Director for the Meriden Community Health Center and as one of the Commissioners on the City of Hartford’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women. Also, she was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut, Public Health Program teaching Maternal and Child Health. She has served in various capacities during her employment at DPH: The Department of Public Health’s representative on the CT Public Health Association Board, the Child Poverty Council, and the CT Medicaid Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council. Ms. Coleman-Mitchell has also served in her previous community of Bloomfield, CT on the Board of Education, the Bloomfield Town Committee and the Library Board. Ms. Coleman-Mitchell is a graduate of Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s Degree and received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University, School of Medicine.

Comments & Questions

Questions regarding the Connecticut Board of Regents should be addressed to Erin A. Fitzgerald, Office of Board Affairs, at 860-723-0013 or