Co-Founder & Partner
Nancye Green is a designer and business leader, with a career spanning the complex communication and transformation challenges of enterprises – from start-up companies to maturity – and non-profit organizations across the public sector. In January 2019, Nancye returned to Donovan/Green after 5 years as Chief Design Officer at The Medicines Company, a highly innovative, fast-growing bio tech company bringing a revolutionary new drug through development to market readiness.
Nancye founded Donovan/Green with Michael Donovan in the mid 1970’s. They sold Donovan/Green in 1996 and left the agency in 2000. Nancye became interim Chief Brand Officer for Zurich Financial Services in Zurich, then later, CEO of Waterworks. In 2008, she re-joined Michael Donovan at the restart of Donovan/Green, where they incubated and invested in several new ventures while continuing to work with a few select CEO clients.
She has served on the Boards of Directors of several companies including D’Arcy, Waterworks, Hallmark, and Ingram Partnership, the Design Board of P&G, the non-profit Board of Directors of EcoHealth Alliance where she is currently Chairman, and the Board of Trustees of The New School. A recognized leader in her field, she is a past President of both the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the International Design Conference in Aspen. She was recognized in Richard Saul Wurman’s 1000 Most Creative People in America. Nancye has taught at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union, Bank Street College and Columbia University. She holds degrees from Tulane University with honors in Political Science, and Parsons School of Design where she graduated as valedictorian. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and in 2014, she and Michael received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal for their contributions to the field of design.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founding partner Michael Donovan has been at the helm of Donovan/Green, creating and innovating for an extensive roster of clients since its inception. An incessant learner, Michael continues to evolve as an active, creative entrepreneur.
Michael currently sits on the Municipal Arts Society Board of Governors as well as that of the Parsons School of Design as Vice-Chairman. In addition, he has served on the national boards of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Society of Environmental Graphic Design, The National Design Center, The Art Directors Club and as an advisor to the Aspen Design Conference. Throughout his creative career he has received recognition and awards for branding solutions, information design, and environmental design, and was recognized in Richard Saul Wurman’s 1000 Most Creative People in America. He is an NEA Fellow and received the Christian Petersen Award for Creativity from Iowa State University, his first alma mater, where he serves as an advisor to the Design College. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Michael holds degrees from Iowa State University and Parsons School of Design. In 2014 both Nancye Green and Michael Donovan were awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal —the most distinguished in the field—in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication.