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Sonal Shah
Sonal Shah is Professor of Practice and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Sonal, an economist and entrepreneur, 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 development 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. and the Washington Area Women's Foundation.

Entries by Sonal Shah

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:48 PM

2015-11-23-1448315234-6566122-Littlecutegilr.jpg Credit: 2010 Because I am a Girl Canada

By Sonal Shah, Professor of Practice and founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University. This article originally appeared on Philanthropreneurship Forum in November 2015. Sonal...

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Imagine (Government): Building a New Blueprint

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Photo credit 2010 Bar Photography

Co-authored by Sonal Shah, and Dan Carol

Part 1 of our new Imagine Series

For about 30 years, polls have consistently shown that the general public thinks most public spending on "government" is wasted. The same public thinks,...

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Driving $4B in Clean Tech Investments to Combat Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 5:46 PM

As part of our ongoing impact investing work, we were proud this summer to support significant federal policy progress and drive private sector engagement to combat global climate change. Building on thought leadership from the Beeck Center and in partnership with the Department of Energy, the White House announced over...

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Universities Can Help Solve World's Problems Through Social Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:23 PM

When officials at England's Peterborough Prison got frustrated about the increasing financial and societal cost of re-arresting, re-convicting and re-imprisoning the same people every few years, they turned to a new approach. The approach involved an innovative tool known as a "social impact bond," in which outside investors pay the...

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What are We Really Willing to Risk for Real Return?

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:45 PM

At the Aspen Leaders Action Forum, a gathering of Aspen Fellows from around the world, I am surrounded by incredible people like Naandi Foundation CEO Manoj Kumar from India, Capital Alliance Company Ltd. head Judith Aidoo from Ghana, and co-founder and Senior Advisor of Agora Partnerships Ricardo Teran from Nicaragua....

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Time for a Smarter Conversation

(7) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:56 AM

After years of watching Washington policymakers fight over the budget and the deficit, I think it's past time for us to acknowledge that these conversations -- about the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, and so on -- are simply missing the point. Instead of talking about how to solve our...

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