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Alexis Bonnell

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Chief of Applied Innovation & Acceleration, USAID Global Development Lab

Full Biography

Alexis Bonnell is the Innovation Evangelist at the U.S. Global Development Lab. Over her career, Bonnell has developed and delivered over a billion dollars of 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. Bonnell has also served as Chief of Engagement for the Office of Education and as Senior Adviser on business transformation and knowledge management at United States Agency for Development (USAID). Prior to her career in development, Bonnell worked as Director of Marketing for the Internet Trade Association. She is co-author with Roy D. Adler of the book Get Your Dream Job (Equity Press, 2005). Bonnell received a B.A. in advertising and public relations from Pepperdine University, a Global Executive M.A. in business administration from Kellogg Northwestern, and an M.A. in direct and interactive media from New York University. She maintains a Certified Fundraising Executive credential as well as an Advanced Project Management accreditation from Stanford University, and a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.