Heidi Brooks, MA, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Heidi Brooks is the Chief Operating Officer at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Prior to joining the Schott Foundation, Heidi was a SVP and Director of Charitable Giving at Citizens Financial Group. She heads the Citizens Charitable Foundation, and works with the senior executives to determine and execute strategy for Citizens’ community outreach efforts in our 12-state footprint. Prior to joining Citizens, Brooks spent several years as Director of Community Relations for John Hancock Financial, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Manulife Financial, and doing consulting and business development at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit strategy consultancy. Prior to business school, Brooks worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America managing, designing, and auditing development programs for Africare, Catholic Relief Services, the International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank and others in the field of international development. She has worked in 15 countries and traveled to 78. Brooks holds a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Fluent in French and Spanish, conversant in Vietnamese, she is an award-winning salsa dancer, and loves skiing, scuba diving, biking to work and singing Vietnamese folk songs. She loves spending time with her wonderful husband and two energetic little girls.