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Yolanda Brown, MBA

Yolanda Brown, MBA

Chair of the Board Of Directors

Urban Ministries of Durham

Durham County, NC

I help leaders engineer play into their professional and personal lives. I'm the Founder and CEO of Fun Spaces. I also serve as the Board Chair for Urban Ministries of Durham and Committee Chair for my sons’ Cub Scout Pack in Durham, NC.


Fun Spaces


Founded company to encourage more play for adults and their children. We provide onsite children's programming and care during adult-centered special events.

Urban Ministries of Durham

Chair of the Board Of Directors

Provide strategic oversight for a 501(c)(3) social services nonprofit with $1.8 million cash operating budget to supply food, shelter and a future to over 6,000 of Durham's very poor and hungry population.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MBA, Marketing and Sustainable Enterprise

I knew I wanted to make an impact on entrepreneurship and the education at UNC better equipped me for it. Also co-founded Toastmasters, was VP of Student Activities creating annual budget and managing student elections, went to South Africa for general management global immersion and led executive leadership conference case competition team to win 2nd place as captain.

University of Missouri-Columbia

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering

I knew I wanted to challenge myself with a STEM curriculum and was drawn to Industrial because it also involved people - creating the most efficient ways for people and machines to work together. Determining root causes and creating multiple solutions were my best lessons learned. Also participated in Day of Caring Steering Committee and National Society of Black Engineers.

What I Love


Pushing myself to get through the run while taking in the beauty of nature is both a challenge and tool to strengthen my focus.