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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Spotlight on Sonal Shah
Sonal R. Shah (born May 20, 1968 in Mumbai, India), is an American economist and public official. Shah moved to the USA in 1972 at the age of 4 and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and received a Master’s degree in Economics from Duke University.  In April 2009, she was appointed Director of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House. The objective of this office is to coordinate governmental efforts to aid innovative nonprofit groups and social entrepreneurs, and to expand approaches which have been successful in tackling pressing social problems.  Previously, Shah was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and was the head of Global Development Initiatives, a philanthropic arm of Google.org [Source: Wikipedia]

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