Lourdes German '01
The 2019 John A. Dinneen, S.J. Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award Recipient
Lourdes German joined the faculty of the Portico Program at the Carroll School of Management in the fall of 2018 and has also been appointed as the incoming co-director of the Managing for Social Impact Minor and concentration at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2019. Lourdes joined BC after a professional career that began as an attorney representing governments and investment banks in public finance transactions that furthered community development at the law firm, Locke Lord, LLP. Following that, Lourdes held several leadership roles in finance including: co-creating the public finance business division at Fidelity Investments as a Vice President; establishing and managing Fidelity’s first New York office for investment banking; serving as the General Counsel and Vice President of Research of the investment management company, Breckinridge Capital Advisors; and serving as Director of International & Institute-wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she grew a body of work that focused on the fiscal sustainability of communities in regions that included Latin America, China, Europe and the US.
Via her professional roles Lourdes has served as an expert advisor to leaders globally, including members of the United States Congress, the United Nations, the European Commission, the G-24 Secretariat, and others. As an expert for the United Nations, Lourdes served as one of the authors who wrote the policy framework for municipal finance to guide the United Nations New Urban Agenda for the UN’s 193 member countries and was a co-author of the book Finance for City Leaders published by the United Nations in 2016.
Outside of her work. Lourdes has a deep commitment to communities and service. Lourdes directs the Civic Innovation Project (CIP), a global thought leadership initiative that she founded and launched in 2015 to advance the success and sustainability of cities. Lourdes also serves as Governor Baker’s appointed Chair of the Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board, served Mayor Walsh as a member of the City of Boston Audit board, and serves on the board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Policy. Lourdes also served as a mentor, board member, and committee chair for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance in Accounting and the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association where she developed programs to advance and mentor young professionals of color. In addition, Lourdes has also volunteered for programs in her role as a board member of the United Way including the Crianzas Con Cariño initiative, and others. Lourdes also co-founded Boston Women in Public Finance – an organization focused on mentoring and advancing the women in the greater Boston public finance industry.