What is the roadmap for the city of tomorrow? Can you create a new paradigm of government innovation that empowers the next generation of leaders to transform the way they use technology and data to engage citizens in learning about their communities? The Civic Innovation Project was founded to answer those questions. Our research allows us to source the most pressing government challenges that are ripe for innovation. Those challenges become the source of our innovation, and we then work to amplify awareness and education regarding the solutions that have capacity to make the public sector more effective, innovative, and participatory. We encourage and facilitate city-to-city learning in an online learning space where municipal officials can build their capacity and learn about emerging innovations (in governance and technology) that are resulting in the creation of more sustainable and equitable cities globally, and can strengthen their communities. Explore our current projects to learn more.


For the past 10 years, Lourdes German has led initiatives for global companies, with a steadfast commitment to municipal government finance, and the transparency and integrity of that market. After starting her career as an attorney advising government leaders in the public finance group at the international law firm Edwards Wildman, Lourdes joined Fidelity Investments as a Vice President to help co-create a new national business division focused on government public finance, where she first discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and civic engagement. As a natural self-starter, Lourdes leveraged her expertise and capacity to execute large scale initiatives following Fidelity in a number of settings, including: helping a team develop the strategy and frameworks that guided an investment management company’s entry into sustainable investing for the municipal securities asset class, as Vice President and General Counsel at Breckinridge Capital Advisors; creating and teaching a graduate curriculum in government public finance as a professor at Northeastern University; advising non-profit organizations focused on urban economic growth and social impact investing; and founding a software company singular in its commitment to bringing transparency and access to municipal securities data.  Lourdes has also held roles on government boards and commissions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston, and was appointed in November of 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker to the State Finance and Governance Board.

In addition to leading the Civic Innovation Project, Lourdes is Director of International & Institute-wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she is supporting the launch of a global Municipal Fiscal Health Campaign via activities that include developing a working paper and municipal fiscal health dashboard for communities who want to evaluate their track record of fiscal


Lourdes German, Civic Innovation Project Founder, Recognized by Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Mayor's Commission for Women's Advancement with an Extraordinary Woman Award
March 2016

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Lourdes German, Civic Innovation Project Founder, Appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to Chair the Massachusetts State Finance & Governance Board
November 2015

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discipline, supporting the research for the Institute's work as a co-lead policy unit for Municipal Finance and Local Fiscal Systems with the United Nations, helping the United Nations create a global fiscal municipal database for cities, and other efforts described in this press release by UN-Habitat. To learn more about the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, visit