Lourdes Germán, J.D., began her career after graduating from Boston College and the Boston University School of Law as a public finance attorney at the law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP (now Locke Lord LLP) and then led investment banking efforts in the Northeast and New York Tri-State region as Vice President of Municipal Finance at Fidelity Investments. She then served as Vice President and General Counsel at Breckinridge Capital Advisors, founded a small financial services start-up, and then served as a Director at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she helped launch and lead a global program of work on municipal fiscal health, which included activities in partnership with the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, and engagement with members of congress via the first Congressional Briefing focused on the fiscal health of cities. At Lincoln, Lourdes served on the team of expert advisors for the municipal finance policy unit who developed the frameworks in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Lourdes has also worked with several higher education institutions including, Boston College, where she served as co-director of the Managing for Social Impact Program and Assistant Professor of Practice, Boston University, and the Northeastern University School of Law. Outside of her role leading the Public Finance Initiative, Lourdes serves on the faculty of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she teaches Public Finance.
In addition, Lourdes serves as a senior advisor to several foundations and non-profits, including the Kresge Foundation's Social Investment Practice, Hyphen Partnerships, and others. She also serves as the appointed chair of the Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board, and serves on the boards of the Rappaport Center for Law & Policy at BC Law, the board of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and on the board of trustees of Claremont Lincoln University.
In this interview, published by Bloomberg Cities, Lourdes and her colleague Dr. Chainani reflect on their work with the Bloomberg What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity & Recovery Program. Click to View.
Together with experts Aravind Boddupalli and Tracy Gordon, Lourdes co-authored the Urban Institute report, "More Than Fines and Fees: Incorporating Equity into City Revenue Strategies". Click to View.
Lourdes served as one of the co-authors of the book "Finance for City Leaders" published by the United Nations. Click to View
Lourdes was honored by the City of Boston campaign recognizing women that do extraordinary work within the Boston community. Click to View