Sonal Shah

Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation Georgetown University

Sonal is professor of practice and the founding 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 founding director and president of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

Sonal spent seven years at the US Department of the Treasury, where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, the Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founding 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in economics from Duke University.

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