A day in the life of a political activist and single dad who spends 20-hour work days traveling the country but always flies back home to his son
- Maurice Mitchell balances his two full-time jobs: being the national director of the Working Families Party and a father.
- To be present in his son's life, Mitchell sacrifices sleep and stability for constant plane rides back and forth from San Diego to New York City.
- Mitchell wakes up at around 4 a.m. every day and works until 11 p.m.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Maurice Mitchell works two full-time jobs: He's the national director for the Working Families Party, a grassroots group that advocates for progressive causes, and he cares for his 3-year-old son.
Balancing fatherhood and leading a political party means Mitchell typically travels the country on 20-hour work days, sleeping on planes and in Ubers multiple days a week.
But being a father is why Mitchell works a hectic schedule in the first place. Mitchell gets help raising his son during travel from his son's mom (who lives separately) and nanny. While he misses his son on the road, he believes actively fighting against climate change will allow his child to inherit a better planet.
"It's a pretty intense schedule, but I think the road and the requirements of the job are super intense, and I actually think it's a blessing I have the duty of parenthood to anchor me and bring me back home," Mitchell told Business Insider. "Ultimately, what connects me to my purpose is my relationship to [my son]. That's why I go so hard in the field."
Here's a day in the life of a community organizer and political-party leader who balances full-time fatherhood and traveling the country.
Maurice Mitchell requested Business Insider not use his son's name.
The 39-year-old party leader began actively organizing communities while at Howard University — and he also performed in political punk-rock bands.
As the national director of the Working Families Party, he manages dozens of staff in 14 state offices. He said the bulk of his work involves creating a supportive, harmonious environment for all WFP employees.
Having offices in over a dozen states requires Mitchell to constantly be traveling. He has to find ways to balance time in San Diego (where his son lives) and campaigning for progressive causes across the country.
Mitchell says he has two full-time jobs: being a father and a party leader. When he's at home in San Diego, the bulk of his day is spent with his son.
After waking up around 4 a.m., Mitchell spends the first hour of his day off his phone. He spends at least 10 minutes on meditation, about half an hour working out, and the final minutes reflecting on the day ahead.
Mitchell picks up his son from his mom's house around 5 a.m. and plays with his little one until 11 a.m. He makes his son breakfast, typically consisting of bananas and oatmeal.
Following breakfast, Mitchell and his son go to a coffee shop. His son plays as he takes calls for work.
After playing a little bit more outside the house, Mitchell puts his son to bed for a nap at 11 a.m. From that time until 1:30 p.m., he takes more calls for work.
Mitchell cooks lunch for his son after the nap. Mitchell is vegan, and he's raising his son as a vegetarian. The toddler's favorite foods are tofu, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
After putting his son to bed, Mitchell eats his first meal of the day. The party director fasts for 20 hours and gets all his calories during the evening. He continues to work until about 11 p.m.
When he has to travel, he usually drops his son off at his mom's house in the evening before leaving for a 10 p.m. red-eye flight.
Mitchell says he sleeps mainly on planes and in Ubers when he's on the road. He's typically making a five-hour flight from San Diego to New York, where the WFP is headquartered.
When he's on the road, Mitchell spends his days meetings with other staff members, canvassing for candidates, attending parties, hosting panels, giving speeches, and talking to the press.
He tries to keep in contact with his son over FaceTime but admits he finds parenting while on the road challenging: "It's really sad when I've been on the road for several days and I come back and can tell he's different."
But Mitchell says his son is also the reason he works so hard. He fights for progressive policies, such as climate change, to leave the world a better place for him.
Mitchell also hopes being a working dad encourages other fathers to make time for childcare while at their full-time jobs.
- Va va vroom:Tata Technologies stock doubles investor money on debut
- Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies aged 100
- Women distributors rake in the moolah as investors across Bharat say Mutual Funds Sahi Hai
- Towards a brighter tomorrow: India's G20 Presidency and the dawn of a new multilateralism
- Exploring India's majestic glaciers: 10 frozen wonders