alicia bonner ness

Strategist, life architect, problem-solver, fundraiser, feminist.

I am the founder of Heptagon Productions and the editor and author of Firebrand on Medium.

Hi, I'm Alicia.

I am an adventurer, designer, and strategist. I believe deeply in the Oxford comma, and the ability of good syntax to move us to tears. I was born and raised in the wilds of upstate New York, my creativity brewed in the cauldron of Waldorf Education until the age of 14. I adore travel, languages, and the culture of humanity. I have survived more than 35 countries around the world, and am always seeking new frontiers.


CEO, Heptagon Productions  |  Brooklyn, NY

Field Organizer, Florida Democratic Party  |  Pompano Beach, FL

Senior Manager, PYXERA Global  |  Washington DC

Development Officer, Girl Up/UN Foundation  |  Washington DC

Director of Development, ISW  |  Washington DC

Research Associate, World Public Opinion  |  Washington DC



LUMA institute, 2016

Fundamentals of Human-Centered Design

Ken Blanchard Co., 2015

Situational Leadership II

Johns hopkins university, 2015

Masters of SciencE, Applied Economics

Barnard College, 2008

Bachelors of Arts, Political Science


Uplift: A Champion for the Ultra-Poor  :  Brand Foundations

Hillary for America  :  Broward County Field operations

The Global Engagement Forum  :  Publishing platform & Event

PYXERA Global Rebrand  :  Brand Development & Launch

ISW Middle East Security Project  :  $500,000 Fundraising Campaign


Spanish: B2 Speaking | B2 Reading | B1 Writing

French: B2 Speaking | B2 Reading | B1 Writing

German: A2 Speaking | B1 reading | A2 Writing