Kothare, Meeta | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Finance, University of Rochester
  • M.S. in Applied Economics, University of Rochester
  • MBA, University of Georgia
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including Nonprofits)

Meeta Kothare teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs as well as the McCombs School of Business, where she is the managing director of the Sustainability and Social Innovation Initiative. She also teaches a leadership class at the Center for Nonprofit Studies. 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 UT Austin, where she has taught in 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, including service on the Austin Mayor's Task Force for Aging Issues and the Judges' Circle for the Dell Social Innovation Competition. She is a member of Impact Austin, a philanthropic organization, where she has held leadership roles including Board President and Director of Operations and Strategy.


NewsOctober 31, 2019
LBJ-mentored team among the winners of the 2019–20 President's Award for Global Learning

A team of students and faculty respresenting the LBJ School that will research health system gaps in diabetes care in Mexico is among the five winners of the 2019–20 President's Award for Global Learning.

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Media MentionFebruary 5, 2018
Women lead second wave of giving sparked by Impact Austin experiences

During the past decade or so, giving groups have blossomed all over Austin. Moderately comfortable individuals and families pool their resources, invite nonprofits to apply for grants, then they vet those charities and vote on grant winners.

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Media MentionApril 14, 2017
More donors starting funds rather than giving directly to charities

With Fidelity Charitable replacing United Way at the top of Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of top U.S. charities, it is clear that philanthropy is changing.  Former LBJ School adjunct professor Meeta Kothare was not surprised with these rankings, which she suggests reflect broader changes in the sector.

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