Jennifer Ashley Mitchell-Carter graduated with honors from the Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, while simultaneously earning her Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2011.
As an SULC student, she was elected Vice President and President of the National Black Law Students Association, as well as, Sub-Regional Director. Additionally, Mrs. Mitchell-Carter served as the Vice President of Entertainment for the Sports and Entertainment Legal Association, a Graduate Advisor, Teaching Assistant, and certified mediator in the Southern University Law Center Mediation Clinic. Additionally, she worked with the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Senate Personal Office of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, and worked as a Law Clerk for the Department of Business and Legal Affairs for Black Entertainment Television (BET/Viacom) in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Mitchell-Carter held positions with Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana under Judge James J. Brady, the Louisiana State Senate in the Office of the Chief of Staff, and the Assistant Chief of Staff, Johnny G. Anderson, in the Office of Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Mrs. Mitchell-Carter became the youngest Executive Director of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and the Executive Director of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. In 2013, she formed Pearson & Mitchell Attorneys and Counselors at Law with her law partner Robert A. Pearson. Mrs. Mitchell-Carter continued her career as a legislative analyst for the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children and Staff Attorney for the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Senator Karen Carter Peterson.
Mrs. Mitchell-Carter last served as Director of Governmental Affairs for the University of Louisiana System and Adjunct Professor of Advanced Legal Writing at the Southern University Law Center.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mrs. Mitchell-Carter graduated from Caddo Parish Magnet High School in 2003 and Louisiana State University and A&M College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007.
Mrs. Mitchell-Carter was a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, and Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She was involved in various organizations such as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served as the State Social Action Chair, Walker’s Legacy, The Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliate, Junior League of Baton Rouge, and Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Program. As a member of New Gideon Baptist Church, she served as the Director of the Jubilant Praise Young Adult Dance and Business Owner Ministries, and actively participated in Vacation Bible School, as well as the Women's and Couples Ministries.
Mrs. Mitchell-Carter and her unborn son were called to their heavenly home on Monday, May 27, 2019, and is survived by her devoted husband, Charles R. Carter, Jr., adoring mother, J. Gail Walker-Mitchell, and host of family, friends, and classmates.
Jennifer Ashley Mitchell-Carter lived her purpose as a faithful and loving servant of God with a passion for positively influencing the lives of others, in particular, young women entering their professional careers.