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Lourdes German began her career as an attorney advising state and local governments in their public finance transactions at the international law firm Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord, LLP). Following that work, Lourdes was one of the founding team members of the public finance department at Fidelity Investments, where she served as a Vice President who launched and led the company’s investment banking efforts in the Northeast and opened Fidelity’s New York office for public finance investment banking. Following Fidelity, Lourdes’ professional experiences include: serving as General Counsel and Vice President of Municipal Credit Research at Breckinridge Capital Advisors; serving as a Director of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to grow a global campaign on municipal fiscal health; serving on the team of experts advising the United Nations Municipal Finance Policy Unit in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals effort; and serving as a one of the co-authors of the  book, Finance for City Leaders, published by the United Nations Press in 2017.

In addition to her private sector roles, Lourdes also serves as a professor and lecturer in various higher education institutions. In October of 2021, she will begin serving on the faculty at Harvard University and prior to that she  served on the faculty at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, Boston University, and helped co-create the certificate program in municipal finance program at the University of Chicago Harris School for Policy. Outside of her current role in higher education, Lourdes also serves as a senior advisor to the Kresge Foundation. In addition, Lourdes directs the Civic Innovation Project, a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England in 2015 to provide consultative expertise and educational programs to cities and foundations. In that role, Lourdes is currently developing programming for Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on the intersection of municipal finance and equity. Lourdes is also serving in her 6th year as the appointed Chair by the Governor of Massachusetts of the Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board, and contributes her time to several non-profit boards.


Finance for City Leaders, First Edition (United Nations Press: 2016)

Finance for City Leaders, Second Edition (United Nations Press: 2017)

Select Honors & Awards

Boston Business Journal "40 Under 40" Award

MAHA Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Kresge Foundation & UIX Cities Urban Innovator of the Week

Mayor Martin J. Walsh Extraordinary Women Award

State of Boston Innovation Award