Mindy Fried Ph.D.

Principal and Visiting Lecturer,
Arbor Consulting Partners
Bronze Most Valuable Member

Contact Details

Arbor Consulting Partners
Boston, MA


Mindy Fried, M.S.W., Ph.D. is a sociologist with over twenty years of experience conducting research, teaching and doing policy analysis on social and economic issues that affect individuals, families and organizations. Dr. Fried has consulted with numerous organizations – including educational institutions, non-profits and foundations – designing and conducting evaluation research and policy assessments, facilitating strategic planning, and providing technical assistance on management and research design issues. Dr. Fried has been a member of the teaching team for VSA Institutes in Hawai’I, N. Dakota, New York, Texas, Michigan, Tennessee.

As Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners ( and in her independent consulting work, Dr. Fried works collaboratively with organizations to help them build their capacity and strengthen their programs and policies. She has evaluated arts education initiatives, leadership training, early childhood initiatives, public health programs and more.
In addition, Dr. Fried has taught participatory evaluation at Tufts University, and social policy focusing on race and gender issues at MIT, Tufts University and Boston University, and has been a guest lecturer at many universities, including Harvard University and Brandeis University.
Dr. Fried is a skilled facilitator and trainer, and has initiated and implemented large-scale community-based participatory research projects. In addition, she provides management coaching services, and works on organizational issues in a variety of venues. She was a dancer for nearly 30 years, taught dance to children as a Resident Artist in public schools, worked as a dance therapist in psychiatric settings, and taught dance therapy to social workers, psychiatric nurses and psychologists.

Dr. Fried has presented her research at many professional conferences, including those sponsored by the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society and the Conference Board. She has published extensively, including three books, Taking Time: Parental Leave Policy and Corporate Culture (Temple University Press, 1998); Babies and Bargaining: Working Parents Take Action, and How Does Your Community Grow: Planting Seeds for Quality Day Care. She has also written a number of articles about program evaluation, and has given presentations throughout the U.S. on these and related issues. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University, and an M.S.W. in Community Organizing and Social Policy Planning from Syracuse University.