Chief Academic officer
Sara Minard is the Chief Academic Officer for the College for Social Innovation, a nonprofit organization in Boston, MA, that provides innovative experiential education opportunities for college students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector. In this role, Dr. Minard leads the design and delivery of a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary curriculum to train and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Dr. Minard also teaches impact investing at The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College, where she serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence.
Dr. Minard earned her PhD in Economics with highest honors from Sciences Po, Paris, and has worked as a socio-economist, educator, researcher, and development practitioner for the past twenty years on several continents at the intersection of private sector development, economic policy, social innovation and social enterprise, design thinking and impact investing/social finance. For the past five years Dr. Minard was Executive Professor at Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business where she developed and taught award-winning courses on impact investing and social finance, social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, and led experiential field- based programs in India and Appalachia (US) with a focus on gender, food systems and social business.
Prior to Northeastern, she taught for five years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as a full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline designing and delivering courses on methods for development practice and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Minard works as an international consultant and policy analyst for international development institutions, large companies, startups, and NGOs. Her industry experience includes five years as a socio-economist at the OECD in Paris where she managed development investment projects in 18 West African countries, and as a consultant for the World Bank/IFC and several UN agencies. She started her career as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal. She speaks fluent French, Wolof, and conversational Spanish, and serves on several boards and impact investment funds. Dr. Minard is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and is currently pursuing a teacher certification in mindfulness meditation.