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Courtney Sara Minard

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: Finance


Sara Minard is the Chief Program Officer for the College for Social Innovation, a nonprofit organization in Boston, MA, that provides innovative experiential education opportunities for college students 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 educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Dr. Minard teaches impact investing at The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College, where she serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence. She also serves as guest lecturer in the U.S. and internationally, and serves on several social enterprise boards and impact investment funds.
Dr. Minard earned her PhD in Economics with highest honors from Sciences Po in Paris, and has worked as a socio-economist, educator, policy researcher, and development practitioner for the past twenty years on several continents at the intersection of private sector development, economic policy, social innovation, social enterprise, design thinking and impact investing/social finance. For the past five years, she was Executive Professor at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business where she taught an award-winning course on impact investing and social finance, and designed courses in social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, as well as led intensive field-based programs in India and Appalachia (US) with a focus on gender, food systems and social ventures. Prior to Northeastern, she was full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs for five years where she designed courses on methods for development practice and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Minard works as an independent consultant for international development institutions, 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, served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal and speaks fluent French, Wolof, and conversational Spanish. Dr. Minard is a trained Ashtanga yoga teacher and is currently pursuing a teacher certification in mindfulness meditation.