Relentless in learning and discovery, we create design solutions and experiences that educate, engage, inspire and sell.

Donovan/Green was founded by Michael Donovan and Nancye Green. Their shared commitment to design coupled with their drive for understanding developed into what is now a nimble, strategy-based communications agency. Donovan/Green has invented, developed, designed, and produced in many forms for clients as diverse as Hoffman-La Roche, 3M, P&G, Marriott, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, American Express, GM, Sony, and American Girl Place, among many others. A passion for following insight with innovation has fostered the incubation of successful start-ups like Outer Places and Actyve Mail and investments in new ventures, like Asphalt Media and CO2Responsible. D/G has partnered with many established companies and start ups as they also explore new territory.

The Partners

Nancye Green

Co-Founder & Partner

Nancye Green is a designer and business leader, with a storied career spanning the complex communication and transformation challenges of enterprises – from start-up companies to maturity – and non-profit organizations across industries and interest areas. Today she is Chief Design Officer at The Medicines Company, a highly innovative, fast-growing bio tech company bringing a revolutionary new drug through development and to market readiness.

 

Nancye founded Donovan/Green with Michael Donovan. In 2000, they left the agency, having fulfilled a 3-year buy out commitment and 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 large 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 Chairman, and the Board of Trustees of The New School. A recognized leader in her field, she is a past President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and 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 first in her class. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and in 2014, she and Michael were awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal.

Michael Donovan

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. 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.

Team

Heather Furman

Creative Director

Heather Furman

Creative Director

As Creative Director, Heather both leads the office’s creative endeavours while maintaining comprehensive relationships with a roster of clients. Her extensive experience in developing, deploying, and managing in-depth brand and communication strategies embody and express the core purpose and mission of the clients she serves.

She has worked with pharmaceutical and biotech corporations, luxury fashion designers, art institutions, universities, non-profit organizations, hospital and health care entities, and financial businesses to create a broad range of strategies across multiple media outputs.

Heather received her BFA with honors in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has received several design awards from the Connecticut Art Director Club, Graphic Design USA and the Advertising Club.

She has been awarded an American Graphic Design Award, Two First Prize awards from the Museum Publications Design Competition, and has work appearing in Ellen Lupton’s Book “Thinking with Type, a Critical Guide.”

Diana Backer

Senior Designer

Diana Backer

Senior Designer

As a Senior Designer, Diana’s forte lies in her ability to distill and clarify high-level, organized systems into visual representations which ensure understanding and enhance communication. Diana’s specialty in overhauling and refining existing design systems to optimize their performance and productivity, while retaining their overall quality, brand integrity, and typographic precision.

After graduating with a B.S. in Advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Diana conceptualized designs that won contracts for international clientele while working in Germany and also created artwork and die-lines for a competitive packaging design agency in Boston.

The Niskauna, New York native spends her free time pursuing road trips, visiting national parks, and playing field hockey. Her commitment to personal and professional enrichment is evident in her ongoing quest to perfect her chocolate chip cookie recipe as well as continuing to study design, digital drawing, and Adobe programs.

Stuart Lopez

Senior Designer

Stuart Lopez

Senior Designer

Stuart launched his professional career at Donovan/Green after graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Graphic Design/Art History from Rowan University, where he was awarded the Parthenia J. Vandermark Creative Arts Award.

As Lead Designer for the Automotive team, Stuart represents the tip of the spear in initiating project development with his teammates. Stuart is also the creative force behind the site design of Outer Places, which has flourished under his eye with its intuitive interface and clean façade.

Stuart’s dedication isn’t just evident in his work: he proves it with a 4-hour daily commute in and out of Manhattan, during which time he listens to podcasts or watches movies on his phone.

Given his penchant for leading a team, you might not be surprised that he also loves board games, particularly Heroscape 7 Wonders. “I really enjoy the social aspect of them,” he says of his favorites. When not working or at home with his wife and two beautiful babies, Stuart finds refreshment in watching his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

Ian McGillivray

Senior Designer

Ian McGillivray

Senior Designer

Ian is a multi-dimensional Senior Designer whose experience traverses all aspects of visual design including  UX/UI, print, advertising, social media, mobile apps, and more. His primary focus has been creating interactive digital media landscapes for our clientele along with print media. He’s worked for a long list of national and international brands including Keurig Coffee, Wish Bone and Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, for whom he developed their website and digital campaign.

He has been awarded with many accolades including the Cannes Lion; Brand experience, Cannes Lion; Social & Influencer, NYC College of Technology: Best new app concept, and the 1800 Tequila National Artist Series.

With 16 years of NYC living under his belt, Ian came to us with an honors BFA in Communications in Graphic Design from the Pratt Institute. He’s been known to skateboard to work. When he’s not surfing or walking his dachshund, Mango, he and his wife are spending time “teaching his baby the ways of the world.”

Kevin Braine

Designer

Kevin Braine

Designer

As a member of the Healthcare team, Kevin brings his experience working with both small businesses and large corporations to help establish and maintain both new and existing brands and identities.

Kevin’s career with Donovan/Green was preceded by work with both the AIGA and SEGD after earning an honors degree and departmental medal from the Fashion Institute of Technology where he majored in graphic design with a minor in art history.

Raquel Giner

Web Developer

Raquel Giner

Web Developer

Were it not for Raquel’s efforts, the Automotive Portal – which serves as the Auto team’s primary project management tool – would have never been built. Moreover, Raquel’s web development work can be seen throughout all of her team’s projects: not only did she build sites for Mercedes-Benz of Caldwell, Mercedes-Benz of Brooklyn, and Audi Queens, she also manages the sites along with their social media content.

Prior to joining Donovan/Green, Raquel was a founder and lead developer at Capptivation Inc., a technology company focused on helping those in crisis. That particular endeavour should come as no surprise: Raquel first earned a BA in psychology at Binghamton University where she was a Division 1 Collegiate Scholar Athlete on their swimming and diving team before she attended the Flatiron School, mastering the finer points of software engineering.

Tiffany Neumann

Designer

Tiffany Neumann

Designer

Citing a love of her colleagues and the collaborative environment as the reason she decided to call Donovan/Green home, designer Tiffany Neumann left the nomadic world of freelance design to add her formidable skills and discerning eye to our Healthcare team in the fall of 2016.

A talented aesthete, Tiffany also finds inspiration in the shared hours, late nights, and collective breakthroughs achieved along the way with her teammates, saying, “I love seeing the project leave the computer and come into the real world.”

Tiffany, whose earlier clientele include Loews Hotels, CORE Realtors, and an array of publishers in both the print and digital space, hails from Bay Village, just outside of Cleveland. When she’s not working on projects at Donovan/Green, the graphic design honors graduate nourishes her inner nomad through grass roots activism, summer concert tours, and immersive vacationing.

Hannah Watson

Video Producer

Hannah Watson

Video Producer

The eye behind the camera that envisions and creates Outer Places’ video library belongs to Hannah Watson, whose videos for Outer Places have earned tens of millions of views during her tenure with the company. Spanning topics ranging from crows that pick up litter to the births and deaths of stars thousands of light years away, Hannah’s videos capture the essence of Outer Places, evoking a profound sense of wonder, awe, and possibility. In addition to her daily video output, Hannah also covers Outer Places’ events, investigations, and interviews while still somehow finding time to assist with Donovan/Green’s video needs.

Hannah’s natural talent for bringing a story to life in video was augmented at Carleton College where she graduated with a B.S. in Cinema and Media Studies after leaving her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. When she’s not shooting or editing, Hannah can be found on stage at local comedy clubs for open mic night.

Jesse Beck

Senior Copywriter & Project Manager

Jesse Beck

Senior Copywriter & Project Manager

Jesse Beck is a Project Manager at Donovan/Green. He continually works to write a witty new tagline or creative copy for any number of clients. He often thinks he comes up with “gold” as demonstrated by the numerous “good jobs” he gets from his mom. He’s worked in the industries of pharmaceutical, automotive, fitness, health, finance, luxury, fashion, hospitality, small business consulting, education and politics.

Jesse received his BFA in Dance and a double major in Politics from New York University. Yes, that seemed like a logical combination to him. And just like anyone who writes for a living, he is perpetually working on a screenplay. Oh, and he’s originally from California.

Alex Stocks Prandy

Project Manager

Alex Stocks Prandy

Project Manager

Alex is a proactive, mission-first Project Manager who leads the planning, and implementation of digital, print and user interface projects. As a leader, Alex develops strategies to inspire his creative team members to explore and develop new tactics.

Alex forged his leadership and management skills throughout his 8-year career with Oakwood Worldwide. During his time with Oakwood, he called Boston and London home, though in the summer of 2015, he made the move to New York and soon after joined Donovan/Green. Alex graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Outside of work, Alex’s friends know him as a moustache-toting, music-loving, bicycle enthusiast with a passion for travel. He is an active volunteer with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and donates his time to numerous charities, raising money and awareness for critical health issues. The only time you might catch him without his signature ‘stache is during the month of Movember.

Evette Lawson

Office Manager

Evette Lawson

Office Manager

Evette comes to Donnovan/Green with a B.S. in Health Administration, an M.S. in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations, and an M.S. in Health Education and Promotion, all earned here in New York City. She is also a Notary Public.

Now a Bronx resident, Evette is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. Her outside interests include youth mentoring, education, and reading.

 

 

 

 

K.S. Anthony

Outer Places
Chief Operating Officer

K.S. Anthony

Outer Places
Chief Operating Officer

K.S.’ duties include analyzing data, organizing strategies around SEO and social media algorithms, forging partnerships, monitoring ad campaigns, managing Facebook and other assets, and enabling his teammates to exceed their goals by providing them with the resources they require.

Prior to Outer Places, K.S. worked across a spectrum of disciplines that included social media management, academic writing, college admissions essays, forensic linguistic analysis, screenwriting, editing, and more. In 2013, he was handpicked as the first editorial hire at Ashton Kutcher’s media company, A Plus, where he accumulated over a billion Facebook impressions and 143 million page views.

He also co-wrote lyrics on four tracks on former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach’s album “Give ‘Em Hell,” which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock charts. In addition to his literary work, K.S. has been a bartender, bouncer, student campus police officer, pizza-maker, commercial/background actor, armed protection agent, volunteer sailor aboard a 19th-century schooner, and Batman (twice). He graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in English. He is active in the GORUCK community and lives with his cat, Absinthe von Flopsburg.

Cole Hill

Outer Places
Managing Editor

Cole Hill

Outer Places
Managing Editor

As head of the editorial department, Cole is responsible for managing a staff of writers, editors, and freelancers; steering day-to-day operations, running social media accounts, ensuring SEO best practices, curating the homepage, writing newsletters, and guiding our Facebook marketing and ad campaigns to maximize web traffic while assigning, editing, and writing stories that straddle the line of “where science meets science fiction.”

Cole’s newsroom leadership was tempered at The New York Observer where he served as Managing Editor after receiving his B.A. in communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Cole is also an award-winning filmmaker and solo musician: co-wrote and executive-produced the short film “Son” (2015), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, and has released a critically-acclaimed album under the name Pharmakos (“Nude,” Pour Le Corps, 2014).

Scarlett James

Outer Places
Assistant Editor & Social Media Manager

Scarlett James

Outer Places
Assistant Editor & Social Media Manager

Social Media Manager and Assistant Editor Scarlett James creates eye-catching written and visual content for Twitter and Instagram, participates in the ongoing conversations with our audience there, drives brand awareness in 240 characters or less, and serves as editor when filling in for Cole.

Scarlett’s professional experience include work done for Mauricio Studio Privato and at the now-defunct Nashville NewsPress, where she was a contributing editor. Prior to that, Scarlett freelanced in graphic design and has edited everything from novels to screenplays.

Scarlett majored in French language and literature with minors in marketing and theatre at Middle Tennessee State University and studied English literature at Columbia University. Her interests include scotch, cooking, books, and burlesque and once lied her way into a Paris fashion show without getting kicked out.