FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Lourdes German has over 15 years of experience specializing in municipal finance and advising leaders of cities, states, members of the United States Congress, the United Nations, the World Bank and others with respect to complex municipal finance matters and issues of sustainable urbanization.
Lourdes began her career in 2004 as an attorney advising state and local governments in all aspects of municipal public finance at the international law firm Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord, LLP). Following that work, Lourdes co-created the municipal finance department at Fidelity Investments as a Vice President of Municipal Finance. At Fidelity, Lourdes advised governments on public finance matters in the United States, established Fidelity’s first New York office for municipal finance, and developed Fidelity’s national education program with respect to municipal finance.
Following Fidelity, Lourdes’ professional experiences include serving as General Counsel and Vice President of Research of the municipal finance division of the global investment management company, Breckinridge Capital Advisors and serving as a Director of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. At Lincoln, Lourdes established the global campaign and program of work focused on Municipal Fiscal Health, managed Lincoln’s instructional design team, and launched programs focused on municipal finance with partners that included leading universities, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and others.
As an expert for the United Nations, Lourdes served as one of the authors who wrote the global policy framework for municipal finance to guide the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals effort in 2016 led by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the World Bank. Lourdes also served as an author of the United Nations book, Finance for City Leaders, published by the United Nations Press in 2016, and has served as an expert presenter in various global forums hosted by UN-Habitat, the UN Capital Development Fund, and the United Nations Statistical Commission.
Lourdes currently serves as a professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management where she co-directs the interdisciplinary academic program, Managing for Social Impact & The Public Good, and also has a part-time faculty appointment at Boston University where she created the municipal finance education program. In addition, Lourdes also helped create the first municipal finance professional certificate program for urban planners at the University of Chicago and currently also serves as a faculty member for the program.
Finally, Lourdes also directs the Civic Innovation Project, a global thought leadership initiative that she launched with the support and partnership of the Microsoft Corporation in 2015 to support city-to-city learning. The initial learning platform and program created by the Civic Innovation Program in 2017 was recognized as one of the top emerging innovative technology platforms in America.
Outside of work, Lourdes serves as the current appointed Chair by the Governor of Massachusetts of the Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board; serves on the board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Policy, and serves as a municipal finance expert on the London School of Economics/PWC Global Coalition for Urban Transition Committee convened to study sustainable municipal finance practices on a global scale.
Finance for City Leaders, First Edition (United Nations Press: 2016)
Finance for City Leaders, Second Edition (United Nations Press: 2017)
Select Honors & Awards
2017 GOVCIO Magazine Names Civic Innovation Project one of the Top Ten National Web Platforms
2017 Boston Business Journal "40 Under 40"
2016 MAHA Corporate Social Responsibility Award
2016 Kresge Foundation & UIX Cities Urban Innovator of the Week
2016 Mayor Martin J. Walsh Extraordinary Women Award
2015 State of Boston Innovation Award