Minda Brooks
Contact Info
Interim Administrative Program Director
Email Address: minda.brooks@duke.edu

I have spent my 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, I 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, I 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. I started out in academia, first teaching and advising at UNC-Chapel Hill and then managing the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship Program at Duke University. I have an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned my Master in Theatre Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

I look 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..