Cheryl Heller
School of Visual Arts

Cheryl Heller chairs the first MFA in Design for Social Innovation, which will open in the fall of 2012 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The mission of the program is to prepare the next design leaders in social innovation, and to accelerate the impact of social innovation everywhere through design

Heller also is the founder of Heller Communication Design and Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change. She is a pioneering communication designer and business strategist, and has twice been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design.

She has been successfully practicing social innovation and sustainability for many years, with major corporations like Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Hachette Filipacci and Sappi, non-profits such as WWF, Audubon, IDE (International Development Enterprises) The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and the Girl Scouts of America. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $10 million to designers working for the public good. She also advised Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum on the exhibit, "Design for the Other 90%".

Cheryl has been a core faculty member for the PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellows, mentoring the most exciting social entrepreneurs in the world as they create and scale new models for solving issues around poverty, water, health care, energy and conservation, often through the use of technology. She has also served as core faculty for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Her work in many facets of design as well as advertising, branding, marketing and writing have given her experience and perspective on every aspect of social innovation from inspiration, creation, incubation and implementation within the corporate world, non-profits and foundations.

She received her BFA, magna cum laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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