Sonal Shah is the Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University.
Sonal Shah is an economist and entrepreneur and has spent her career focused on economic policy and actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. She is a global leader on social innovation policy. Shah has led policy innovations at the White House under President Obama and the Treasury Department under President Clinton. As an international economist, she set up the central bank in Bosnia, worked post-conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, and implemented poverty reduction strategies in Africa, as well as during the financial crises in Asia and Latin America. In the private sector, she led technology for civic engagement and impact investing initiatives at Google as the head of Global Development Initiatives, and set up and ran the environmental strategy, including investing in clean technologies, at Goldman Sachs.
She served as Obama’s Deputy Assistant to the President and founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She served on the transition board for President Obama, leading the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform group. In the Administration, Shah led the efforts to set up innovative finance mechanisms for service delivery, leveraging technology to better engage citizens in government, creating new public-private partnerships, and supported and trained leadership throughout government (political and civic service) to institutionalize innovative practices. Shah holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago.