Mrs. Joyce Mourning Mitchell, a native of Bertie County, is a retired federal employee. She most recently served as the Community Outreach Director for U. S. Senator Kay R. Hagan. She previously worked as Area Representative for U. S. Senator John Edwards; as the N.C. Eastern Political Director for the Democratic National Committee; as a Congressional Aide for U. S. Congresswoman Eva M. Clayton and for the U. S. Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census as a Census 2000 Local Census Office Manager.

Joyce graduated from East Carolina University and completed additional studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, Pitt Community College, the North Carolina Justice Academy and the Progressive National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education. She served as the Host of the “AWAKEN” Talk Show for 14 years on the CBS affiliate station, WNCT-TV 9. She was selected as a finalist and published in both the 2010-11 and 2012-13 Editions of Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals. She is a lifetime Girl Scout, having served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines, Inc. as the 3rd and 2nd Vice Presidents. She is the Immediate Past President of the Democratic Women of Pitt County and currently serves as the 1st Vice-President/President–Elect and Membership Chair for the Democratic Women of North Carolina.

She donates much of her time to empowering communities and is serving as a member of the City of Greenville’s Dismantling Racism initiative, the Roanoke Chowan Partners for Progress Task Force, the Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition, the NC Democratic Party State Executive Committee and the Board Development Committee for Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines, Inc.

She co-founded the NC Democratic Party African-American Caucus of Pitt County and chartered both the Eta Mu chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. at East Carolina University and the Pitt-Greenville Zeta Pi Sigma alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
She is actively involved as a member of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, NC having served on numerous ministries for the past 30 years.  She is married to Jimmie Mitchell of Ahoskie; mother to their daughter, Portia and her husband, Kenny and has five grandchildren.