Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector at Google Cloud and Former Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development
Alexis Bonnell is the Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector and Strategic Business Executive at Google. She also serves as a Senior Industry Fellow for the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue.
Alexis was one of the founding members of the Internet’s original Trade Association, served as a Chief Profit Officer for companies transitioning to a digital existence, applied her communications, project management, innovation and technology application skills in over 20 warzones, global disasters, and major transformation projects for the United Nations. At USAID, Alexis was a public servant who led transformation and knowledge management in the Management Bureau, was the first Telework Executive and served as the Chief of Engagement for Education. She co-founded the U.S Global Development Lab of USAID, one of the premier Innovation Labs in government, she served as the Chief of Applied Innovation & Acceleration tackling the critical challenge of innovation adoption and institutionalization.
She most recently served as USAID’s Chief Innovation Officer. Alexis also founded the Global Innovation Exchange, which served as the world’s collection of over 16,000 innovations focused on helping change and save lives.
Alexis has had the privilege of engaging with over 25,000 innovative ideas and investing in over 1,400, and learning from the teams of incredible entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs around what really works when driving change and new models in government and value to constituents around the world. Alexis has led more than a dozen large scale digital and organizational transformation initiatives and is an expert in organizational behavior and culture, and human centered design.
At Google, Alexis dedicates her time to helping public servants catalyze their missions with technology, solving the world’s toughest challenges.
Humans have an innate need to discover, and technology is the modern vehicle for much of that discovery, as public servants and leaders we must navigate how to incorporate these discoveries into our nations and communities.