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Mitzi Stumpf-Downing, EdD

Adjunct Extension Assistant Professor

Assistant State 4-H and FCS Program Leader

2601 Stinson Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607


Dr. Mitzi Downing is the Assistant State 4-H and FCS Program Leader and Professor at NC State University.  Mitzi teaches the Leadership, Organizational Systems, and Partnership & Collaborations courses in the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Department and she provides statewide leadership for all K-12 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and Diversity & Inclusion programs for NC 4-H including Civil Discourse, ADA, LGBTQ and Positive Youth Development. Mitzi is a NC Education Policy Fellow, and a Faculty Fellow for NC State’s Institute for Emerging issues focusing on Millennial Engagement: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century. Mitzi has a doctorate in Education – specializing in training and development from NC State University. Mitzi also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in organizational learning and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from East Carolina University. She enjoys yoga, pilates, reading, and she loves to enter chili cook-off’s (she’s even won a couple). Mitzi is married to and they have a boy named Noah.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • AEHS 550: Youth and Family Professionals as Leaders

Selected Publications

  • Jeuck, L. S., Jayaratne, K. S., Stumpf-Downing, M., Edwards, H., & McKee, K. (2023). Critical Competencies of 4-H Camp Staff for Achieving High Performance. The Journal of Extension, 61(2), Article 7.
  • Blevins, M., Jayaratne, K. S., Bruce, J., Bradley, L., & Stumpf-Downing, M. (2021). County Commissioner Perceptions of Cooperative Extension: Implications for Strengthening the Partnership with County Government. The Journal of Extension, 58(4), Article 22.


BS Political Science East Carolina University

MPA Public Administration with a concentration in organizational learning East Carolina University

EdD Training and Development NC State University