Brooke Deterline

Partner & CEO


As CEO of Courageous Leadership, LLC, Brooke Deterline and her colleagues help boards, executives, and teams develop the understanding and skills to act with ethical courage and ingenuity to address complex and challenging social and organizational issues. Building on her experiences as the founding Corporate Director for the Heroic Imagination Project with Phil Zimbardo, she combines social and cognitive psychology and a strategic focus with a passion for equitable, supportive relationships and systems and positive societal impact. 
Previously, Brooke co-founded Street Smart IR, a San Francisco-based investor relations firm, focusing on leadership candor and credibility. A former journalist at SmartMoney magazine and trained mediator, she focuses on building positive relationships, surfacing individual and systemic challenges that interfere with engagement, collaboration and equity. She helps teams achieve structural, team, and individual patterns that support long-term connection, learning and impact.  Brooke has completed numerous courses in systemic oppression, liberatory and equitable relationship dynamics, leadership, multi-cultural facilitation and social entrepreneurship, including at the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, The Eikenberg Academy for Social Justice, Visions Inc, This Is Your Brain On Race: Transforming The Interpersonal Neurobiology of White Supremacy, Mindful Facilitation for Multicultural groups, Beyond Separation, certifications in corporate board training at Berkeley’s Haas School, mediation training at the Justice Center of Atlanta, and exec finance at Stanford.  Recently, Brooke completed an intensive professional course on Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson, PhD. Brooke lives in Richmond, California with her husband, Ken. They are profoundly blessed with beloved community.