Alex currently leads the Global Equity portfolio at OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation practice. Formerly based in their San Francisco office, she now works between their Nairobi and NYC offices – contributing to much of the organization’s evolution focused on program design for funding ecosystems in under-resourced contexts, building geographically distributed teams, and embedding in or designing alongside local community based organizations. Throughout her time at IDEO – she has worked with partners such as the Gates Foundation, Gavi, UNFPA and the US State Department, driving impact through community-led, inclusive design. She has built and launched over 10 innovation programs (sourcing and supporting upwards of 4,000 grassroots organizations, and funding 50+ innovations), focused on refugee displacement, immunization in East Africa, peacebuilding in international development, and rapid urbanization in public health. Her work on these programs has been featured in Forbes, FastCo, The Guardian, Chronicle of Philanthropy and Reuters.
9 years in the social sector has led her to Bolivia, South Africa, Southern India, San Francisco and Kenya, focusing on philanthropic research and evaluation, youth education, and design of community based programs. Alongside her work at IDEO, Alex leads Mental 360, an NGO in Nairobi supporting advocacy and access to adequate mental healthcare services for under-resourced Kenyans. She also serves as a facilitator and trainer through the US State Department TechCamps program – teaching Human Centered Design to support economic empowerment of entrepreneurs in Thailand, Haiti, Dubai and across the US.
Alex received her BA in International Relations and MA in Media Studies from Stanford University. In her free time, she choreographs and performs modern dance, and tries to spend ample time in nature.