How Innovation Occurs in Government

Join the Gelardin New Media Center and STIA as we welcome Alexis Bonnell, Division Chief of Applied Innovation of the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID, to Georgetown University library. Come meet Alexis and learn how an organization like the Lab approaches innovation from within government. Hear about promising innovations, cool trends, lesson learned, and how USAID is changing how they respond to some of the world's greatest challenges.

Light refreshments and food will be served!


Alexis Bonnell is the Division Chief of Applied Innovation of the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID.

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.

She has held positions with every side of development including: implementers, donors, policy makers and beneficiaries. 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.”


Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, Murray Room (5th floor)
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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