FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Lourdes German launched the Civic Innovation Project after spending over a decade leading domestic and global initiatives in the public, private and non-profit sectors focused on government municipal finance and other issues that impact the civic infrastructure and ecosystem of cities. After graduating from the Boston University School of Law, Lourdes began her career as a judicial clerk in Massachusetts and then served as an attorney at the international law firm Locke Lord (successor to Palmer & Dodge, LLP) where she advised state and local governments in the public finance group. Following that experience, Lourdes joined the largest broker dealer in the United States, National Financial Services, a Fidelity Investments company, as a Vice President to help co-create a new national business division focused on government municipal finance. At Fidelity, Lourdes lead the strategic expansion of the municipal finance business to states, local governments, and public authorities in the Northeast and New York Tri-state regions, opened and managed Fidelity's first New York office for municipal finance, and contributed to the development of Fidelity's thought leadership series to educate investors with respect to the municipal market.
Lourdes leveraged her expertise and capacity to execute large scale initiatives following Fidelity in a number of settings. She served as Vice President of Research and General Counsel at a leading municipal investment management company, Breckinridge Capital Advisors. Lourdes also created and taught graduate courses in government public finance at Northeastern University and Boston University, served as a consultant to the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City in connection with its programmatic work for the Goldman Sachs Foundation, founded a software company singular in its commitment to bringing transparency and access to municipal securities data, among other experiences.
In addition to leading the Civic Innovation Project platform, Lourdes is Director of International & Institute-wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a global private operating foundation where she is responsible for leading cross-disciplinary initiatives and campaigns in partnerships with universities, and other stakeholders in the private and public sector, focused on the role of land policy in sustainable urbanization, municipal fiscal health, and land value capture.
Outside of work, Lourdes contributes her time to several volunteer civic initiatives. She serves the Governor of Massachusetts as the appointed chair of the State Finance and Governance Board, serves as a designee of the Secretary of Administration and Finance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the Municipal Health Reform Panels of Massachusetts, serves the Mayor of Boston on the committee focused on the City of Boston's audit and finance matters, chairs the nominating and governance committee of the United Way Board, serves on the board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Policy at Boston College Law School, and other organizations in the greater Boston region. Lourdes is also a co-author of Finance for City Leaders, a book published by the United Nations Press.
Finance for City Leaders, First Edition (United Nations Press: 2016)(co-authored volume)
Finance for City Leaders, Second Edition (United Nations Press: 2017)(co-authored volume)
Recent 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