Sonal Shah

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"Sonal Shah was appointed by President Obama to start and lead the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She also served on President Obama's Transition Board overseeing the Technology, Innovation, Government Reform working group. Before joining the White House, Sonal led Google’s global development initiatives for its philanthropy, Prior to Google, Sonal was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Inc. Sonal also co-founded a non-profit, Indicorps, which offers fellowships for Indian-Americans to work on development projects in India. She has worked at the Center for American Progress focusing on trade, outsourcing and post conflict issues. She also developed and managed policy and advocacy programs for the Center for Global Development. From 1995-2002, Sonal was an economist at the Department of Treasury, where she directed the office for African Nations, worked on the Asian Financial Crisis and post conflict development in Bosnia and Kosovo. Sonal received her M.A. in Economics from Duke University and B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. She is an Aspen Crown Fellow and a Next Generation Fellow."[1]


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  1. Social Finance USA Board, organizational web page, accessed June 21, 2013.