Minda Brooks spent her career building authentic, collaborative relationships, facilitating groups, and supporting and coaching individuals, groups, and organizations to lead positive, adaptive change. Most recently, as a Partnership Manager with Rural Forward NC, she had the privilege of partnering with some of North Carolina’s most passionate and committed leaders working to address health disparities in rural communities. Prior to that, she lead the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a statewide, cross-sector fellowship for mid-career professionals seeking to bridge differences, collaborate, and innovate to solve North Carolina’s most challenging issues. Minda started out in academia, first teaching and advising at UNC-Chapel Hill and then managing the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship Program at Duke University. She has an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned my Master in Theatre Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She looks forward to helping students deepen and refine the so-called “soft skills” that can be the critical difference in their capacity as leaders to mobilize others towards making a positive impact. When leveraged with the data science core curriculum, the teamwork and leadership work we do together will well-equip MIDS students to make a significant difference on the problems they care about the most.