Meeta Kothare, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor and Managing Director, Sustainability and Social Innovation

Department: McCombs School of Business

Meeta Kothare teaches Financial Innovation for Social Impact at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She also teaches at the McCombs School of Business where she is the Managing Director of the Sustainability and Social Innovation Initiative. She is on the faculty at the Center for Nonprofit Studies where she teaches a leadership class for nonprofit executives and volunteers. She is the founder and principal of Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact.

Kothare has over two decades of academic, business, and social sector experience. She began her career in sales and marketing before pursuing graduate studies in business. After completing her doctorate, she joined the finance faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught in the MBA, Executive MBA, and Business Honors programs. Her research on corporate finance, governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic journals.

Kothare’s current interests include social innovation and the use of financial tools for social impact. Her areas of expertise include: impact investing, impact measurement, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. She is also actively engaged in community service and philanthropy in Austin. She has served on the Austin Mayor’s Task Force for Aging Issues. She was in the Judges’ Circle for the Dell Social Innovation Competition. She is a member of Impact Austin, a philanthropic organization, where she has held several leadership roles, including Board President and Director of Operations and Strategy.

Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where she was the class valedictorian.

In the News

Austin American-Statesman - 04/14/2017 More donors starting funds rather than giving directly to charities

For the first time on record, the nonprofit that received the most in donations in the country is not what you typically think of as a nonprofit — and that has some in the nonprofit sector worried that the new model is upending traditional philanthropy. “Philanthropy is changing,” says Meeta Kothare of the RGK Center for Philanthropy at the University of Texas. Read full article.