250K McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Melinda (Mindy) Fountain serves as Program Manager in the Dean’s Office. In this capacity she prepares research briefs, reports, and proposals for the Dean and works on special projects.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Fountain served for over 10 years as a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. As part of the U.S. delegation to the 60th UN General Assembly, Fountain represented the United States on social, humanitarian, and cultural issues. Fountain has served at U.S. embassies in Poland, the Republic of Georgia, and Albania, in roles ranging from protecting American citizens to policy work on refugees and displaced persons, human trafficking, military and security issues. In Washington, Fountain worked as culture officer in the Office of UNESCO Affairs and as a policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senior Adviser for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies.
Prior to joining the State Department, Fountain worked for two years at Indiana University in the Office of Overseas Study as a Study Abroad Adviser. She advised students on choosing, preparing for, and integrating studies overseas into their academic programs and broader career plans.
Originally from Indiana, Ms. Fountain holds a B.A. in political science, minor in French, certificate in Polish and Central European Studies and a concentration in Judaic Studies from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She holds an M.A. in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She has studied in Poland, Israel, and France and speaks French, Polish, Georgian, and Albanian.