Alexis Bonnell is the Chief of Applied Innovation & Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab, of USAID, one of the premier Innovation Labs in the development industry. She serves as a key spokesperson and “Innovation Evangelist” across the industry driving innovation and modernization.
Over her career, Bonnell has developed and delivered over a billion dollars of innovative humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict and emergency countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 international bilateral donors, 10 U.N. agencies, the military and the private sector.
With more than 20 years of experience in management and communications, Bonnell has worked with: Wall Street and “dot.coms,” and on projects such as the Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraqi elections, tsunami response, Pakistan and Haiti earthquakes, over 500 construction projects, and major logistics operations.
After years of working overseas, Bonnell returned to the United States with USAID as the senior adviser on business transformation and knowledge management. She then served as the Chief of Engagement for the Office of Education, where she helped shape the USAID Education Strategy.
Prior to her career in development, Bonnell worked as director of marketing for the Internet Trade Association, where she helped Wall Street and the corporate world understand the impact that the Internet, innovation and technology would have on business, customers and society. She is co-author of the book “Get your Dream Job.”
Bonnell received a dual major in advertising and public relations from Pepperdine University, where she later returned as a professor. She also received a global executive Master’s Degree in business administration from Kellogg Northwestern and a Master’s Degree in direct and interactive media from New York University.