Sonal Shah, Senior Fellow, Case Foundation; Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University; and former Director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, The White House

Local and state governments, particularly in today’s challenging economic environment, are seeking innovative ways to improve infrastructure and transform their community’s approach to social service delivery. The nexus between the public sector’s needs and the private sector’s goals is an undercapitalized space where opportunities for innovation are lying in wait. Join economist Sonal Shah to explore the rapidly expanding social innovation ecosystem—from impact investing and public-private partnerships to policy recommendations and implementation.

Sonal ShahSonal Shah is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. She is the former deputy assistant to President Obama, former director of the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and oversaw the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group on President Obama's Transition Board. Before joining the White House, Shah led Google’s global development initiatives for its philanthropic arm,, and previously served as vice president at Goldman Sachs, Inc. She has worked at the Center for American Progress and from 1995 to 2002, Shah was an economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Shah cofounded Indicorps and helped set up the Center for Global Development. She is an Aspen Crown Fellow, a Next Generation Fellow, and until recently was a fellow with the Tides Foundation. Shah received her BA from the University of Chicago and her MA from Duke University.

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