We are a Michigan-based, national full-service consulting firm with a wide range of practices and expertise. Founded in 1985 by Steve Mitchell, we operate offices out of East Lansing and West Bloomfield, Michigan. We pride ourselves on being proactive counselors. Meet our skilled and diverse team ready to work with you or your organization.
Steve Mitchell has been Chairman of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc. since its founding in 1985. He has worked in more than 40 states for corporate, media, governmental, and association clients. His political clients have included governors, U.S. Senators, members of Congress, state legislators, mayors, judges, school districts, cities, townships, counties, and states. He has been a consultant on hundreds of winning campaigns for political candidates and for governmental organizations seeking passage of millage or bonding proposals.
Steve Mitchell has served as an on-air analyst and pollster for WJBK-TV in Detroit (1989-96), KSDK-TV in St. Louis (1988), and KCAL-TV (1990) and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles (1994). His company was a pollster for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and has been a pollster for WDIV-TV in Detroit since 1996. He also appears as a regular guest on Devin Scillian’s weekly Sunday morning Flashpoint program on WDIV-TV. He has served as an analyst for NBC, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, Financial Times of London, Washington Post, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Newsweek Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other media around the country and the world.
Mr. Mitchell is an accredited public relations professional (APR) by the Public Relations Association of America. Only about 10% of all public relations professionals earn this accreditation.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation; past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Common Ground, a non-profit agency in Oakland County; on the Visiting Committee of the Gerald Ford Institute of Public Policy at Albion College; on the Advisory Committee of the Robert Griffin Endowed Chair at Central Michigan University; and on the Advisory Board of the Baker Financial Group.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Northern Michigan University. He was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from NMU in 2004 and he was appointed to an 8-year term on the 8 member NMU Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Snyder in November 2012. In 2019, he was elected Chairman of NMU Board of Trustees.
Suzie Mitchell, President, and CFO of Mitchell Research and Communications has more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry. She has operated as a strategic executive, supporting an extensive range of client requests with a consultative approach that devises innovative solutions and business development needs. She has a proven background in the communications industry to provide cross-functional direction in the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) sectors.
She served as President and CEO of the Michigan Responsibility Council, which oversaw an initiative to develop regulation and standardization within the medical marijuana industry in the state of Michigan, promoting the advancement of studies legitimizing the use of cannabis in healthcare through research, educational seminars, publications, and policy analysis.
She’s been a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, press secretary, media strategist, B2B writer, blogger, public relations executive, and national fundraisers. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international magazines and newspapers. She wrote a regular blog for AARP on technology and Baby Boomers. She is a nationally recognized thought leader and speaker on mobile health and its use by Baby Boomers.
She was the founding author of the Boomer Voices blog for Healthworks Collective. She also authored the chapter on Boomers and Mobile for the book The Everything Guide to Mobile Apps and co-authored the book How to Market Digital Healthcare devices to Boomers, Seniors and Caregivers.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Michigan State University and has completed specialized training in public relations from New York University.
Justin Clement is the firm’s lobbyist and expert in all things government relations. He leads Mitchell -Clement Legislative Affairs, the firm’s multi-client lobbying portfolio, which is a division of Mitchell Research & Communications.
Prior to joining the MR&C team, Justin was a lobbyist for another multi-client lobbying firm in the Lansing area for 6 years. There he stewarded for multiple pieces of legislation that became public acts and state appropriations on behalf of his clients.
He has relevant relationships that span both sides of the aisle in the Legislature and the Administration. From the idea that a client has, Justin is the person that will connect it to the right strategy and message to get the job done.
Justin has always endeavored to give back with an emphasis on returns, serving as the Governance Committee Chair for the Board of Directors with the Michigan Youth in Government(MYIG) program. The MYIG program provides high school and middle school students with a unique opportunity to become acting state legislators, Governors, lobbyists, and lawyers.
In November of 2018, former Governor Rick Snyder appointed Justin to The Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons to represent the general public while fulfilling a partial term that was previously vacated.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State Universities’ James Madison College.
We look for individuals pursuing higher education or recent graduates with degrees in the areas of marketing, business, public relations, communications, political science or related fields to assist with the day-to-day needs of our principals and clients. In this client-driven atmosphere, we need a detail-oriented staff ready to take on whatever the day holds. Office hours for this position will range between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm Monday through Friday. We offer flexible scheduling around classes, other internships, and jobs. This is a paid, part-time job and we regularly accept resumes and hire on an as-needed basis.
Without our team of phone researchers, we would not be able to conduct public opinion polling and market research. At any time we have between 20 and 35 part-time phone researchers assisting us when our clients need data collected. Individuals applying for this job should be great communicators and able to work evening hours. Scheduling occurs on an as-needed basis from project to project and office hours for this position will range between 4:30 pm and 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. This is a paid, part-time job and we accept applications and hire on an as-needed basis. Please come in to our office to fill out an application and find out about our current employment needs.