MINI DATTA is part of the adjunct faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Virtual Academic Center. She has served multiple roles at the VAC, including as field instructor, field liaison and instructor.
Datta has worked with community development organizations in the city of Chicago on issues ranging from affordable housing development, welfare to work, education, health and human services. She also has more than a decade of experience working in domestic microfinance with the Opportunity Finance Network in Philadelphia and Credit Builders Alliance in Washington, D.C., in roles ranging from program management to knowledge management to strategic initiatives. Of note, she has worked with Native community development finance organizations serving Alaskan, Hawaiian and Native American populations.
She received her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in community and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis.