Alexis Bonnell, Division Chief, Applied Innovation & Acceleration for the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, has more than 20 years of experience in management and communications. Over her career, she has developed and delivered over $1 billion of humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict and emergency countries, in almost every public and private sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 international bilateral donors, 10 U.N. agencies and the military.
Ms. Bonnell has held positions with every side of development including implementers, donors, policy makers and beneficiaries. After years of working overseas, she 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, Ms. 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.