Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
Chair, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts
Cheryl is the founding Chair of the new MFA Program, Design for Social Innovation at SVA in New York, Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change, and founder of Heller Communication Design. 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.