Minda Books

Program Director, North Carolina Leadership Forum

Minda Brooks is the Program Director of the NC Leadership Forum. Minda has over 20 years of experience developing and managing programs in higher ed and non-profit organizations focused on leadership and capacity-building. Most recently, as the Program Director of Duke’s Master of Interdisciplinary Data Science program, she oversaw administration and operations and trained the next generation of values-driven data scientists in leadership, collaboration, and teamwork skills.

Before coming to Duke, Minda worked with Rural Forward NC, providing facilitation, coaching, and technical assistance to North Carolina’s rural leaders striving to address health disparities. She spent seven years directing Wildacres Leadership Initiative and their signature program, the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a program dedicated to fostering relationships across differences and using civil dialogue to address the state’s most pressing problems. While there, she increased alumni engagement and connection among the 200+ Friday Fellows across the state.

Minda moved to North Carolina while in high school. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her master’s in theatre studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently resides in Wake Forest with her family and can often be found outside enjoying the neighborhood and surrounding Greenways with her dog, Millie.