Office of Social Innovation — Sonal Shah

With the recent announcement of a $60 million social innovation fund and $6 billion overall for civic participation/volunteerism, the Obama Administration continues to expand its social innovation agenda.

The leader of the new Office of Social Innovation is to be Sonal Shah, formerly of — the philanthropic arm of Google.

I am just learning about Shah, but Obama gets diversity and free use of one of the top brands for innovation and entrepreneurship with her appointment (10 years ago it would have been someone from MSFT, Yahoo or Amazon). According to coverage of her first public speech at Philanthrocapitalism (h/t Phil Auerswald),

Sonal Shah, formerly a senior executive at Google’s philanthropic arm,, gave her first public speech as head of the new White House Office of Social Innovation. She said the doors of her office are “wide open” and warmly invited philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to come forward with innovative ideas about how to work together.

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  1. Pingback: Chron of Philan Interviews Sonal Shah and Melody Barnes « Campus Entrepreneurship

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