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Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah is Professor and Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. An economist and entrepreneur, Sonal has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc., Oxfam America, The Century Foundation, Case Foundation and the Urban Alliance. She has served as Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation working on Impact Investing focusing increasing the flow of capital to impact investments and the Center for American Progress working on Social Impact Bonds. In the fall of 2012 she served as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.


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