Co-Founder & Partner
Nancye Green is a designer and business leader, tackling 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 of The Medicines Company, a bio tech company that brought a revolutionary new drug addressing heart disease through development to market readiness before being acquired by Novartis in 2019.
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, leading to her engagement with The Medicines Company.
She has served on the Boards of Directors of several companies including D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (sold to Publicis in 2002), Waterworks, Hallmark, and Ingram Partnership, as well as the Design Board of P&G, the non-profit Board of Directors of EcoHealth Alliance where she is currently board Chair, and also currently, 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.
Nancye is a passionate reader. She has recently turned her life-long effort to seek and embrace the deep knowledge and experience of people she believes can contribute to a more humane and just world into a campaign and a company called un\teaching.
Co-Founder, Partner & CEO
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 has served on the Municipal Arts Society Board of Governors and is currently on the Parsons School of Design Board of Governors where he has served 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.
In addition to his many accolades, Michael is also, proudly, an Eagle Scout. Michael’s small town Midwest boyhood – and love of writing – has led him to create a series of soon-to-be published essays about those years.
Executive Creative Director & Partner
As Executive Creative Director and Partner at Donovan/Green, Heather leads the office’s creative endeavors and maintains relationships with a roster of clients. Her extensive experience in developing, deploying, and managing in-depth brand and communication programs has made her a highly valued partner and leader. Her deep commitment to learning about and helping to clarify her client’s core purpose, mission, and objectives is motivated in part by her deep understanding of what drives success in the very human activities she helps guide. She combines a highly creative sensibility with the discipline and skill to develop and execute effective strategies that result in highly effective and often unexpected solutions.
She has worked with pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospital and healthcare enterprises, financial services firms, luxury fashion designers, and an array of non-profit organizations including arts institutions and universities, creating strategies and delivering programs encompassing multiple media channels, from physical to virtual.
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 Directors 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.”
When Heather is not spending time with her family (or her work family!), you can bet she’s doing something related to volleyball – playing it, watching it, thinking about it, or giving back to the sport. She is an active amateur competitor in both beach and indoor volleyball, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts.