Alisa Ahmadian

Alisa Ahmadian


Business Development & Partnerships Associate, OpenIDEO

Alisa helps develops new partnerships for OpenIDEO. As an OpenIDEO ambassador, Alisa works with organizations across all sectors to drive real world impact – including organizations looking to ignite global conversations and generate innovative ideas by sponsoring challenges, and diverse partners who support communities of entrepreneurs and innovators in other ways. She’s helped to design and launch over 20 open innovation programs with partners like the Ford Foundation, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nike, and AARP.

Prior to coming to IDEO, Alisa held roles in every sector, starting as a community organizer leading the Manhattan fundraising office for the Fund for the Public Interest before working in the Policy Unit in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office working on food and hunger issues. At the Clinton Global Initiative, Alisa worked on developing partnerships in the Clean Energy portfolio by connecting unlikely organizations together to make sustainability ‘Commitments.’ While living in Cambodia, Alisa led business development and strategy for a social enterprise called Naga Biofuels, which used a community-centric model for producing and distributing clean biodiesel to NGOs and local businesses in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Alisa received her MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.