William Drenttel (in memoriam)
Director, Winterhouse Institute (design and social enterprise); Senior Faculty Fellow
Bill devoted what would turn out to be the last several years of his life to exploring and developing the intersection between design and social innovation. This legacy is engrained in the work of the Winterhouse Institute (including the Social Design Pathways), SOM’s Design & Innovation Club, and the work of the many colleagues whom he influenced, cajoled and embraced with his perspicacity, curiosity and wit.
William Drenttel was a graphic designer, publisher, and design leader working at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focused on publishing, online media, and cultural and educational institutions. His clients included Archives of American Art, New England Journal of Medicine, The New Yorker, NYU School of Journalism, Stora Enso, Harvard Law School, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Yale University, and the National Design Awards. He was also the design director of Poetry Foundation and Teach for All.
From 1985 to 1997, Drenttel was the president of Drenttel Doyle Partners. Among its accomplishments, the firm changed magazine design with its design of Spy Magazine in 1986; put Martha Stewart in K-Mart; launched cash machines for Citibank; designed the identity for the World Financial Center; repositioned the Cooper-Hewitt Museum as the National Design Museum; and created graphic identity programs for three national educational institutions: Teach for America, Edison Project and Princeton University. Previously, he was a senior vice president at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, where he launched Pampers in Italy and cellular telephones in America.
As a publisher, Drenttel created books under the Winterhouse imprint for Yale University Press, University of Chicago Press and Princeton Architectural Press. He was the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, published by Allworth Press, and a co-founder of DesignObserver.com, the widely read blog of design and cultural criticism. In 2006, he established the Winterhouse Writing Awards, a national prize for excellence in design writing and criticism.
Drenttel was president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Susan Sontag Foundation, and a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU. He received a BA from Princeton University in 1977 with an Independent Concentration in Film and European Cultural Studies.
President Emerita, Prosperity Now
SOM MBA 1983
Andrea Levere is a Fellow with the Program on Social Enterprise, Innovation, and Impact at the Yale School of Management, where she also worked with the International Center for Finance to draft the Blueprint for Enterprise Capital to scale the delivery of “philanthropic equity” for nonprofits and social ventures. She is working with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Citi Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, William Julius Wilson Institute, Federal Reserve Banks of NY and SF, and other partners to advance the practice of Enterprise Capital to build financial strength and resilience and reduce the racial wealth gap in the nonprofit sector. She is President Emerita of Prosperity Now, an organization that designs and operates major national initiatives to integrate financial capability services into systems serving low-income people, build assets and savings, close the racial wealth divide and advance research and policies that expands economy mobility for all. She stepped down in August 2019 after spending 15 years as President and 27 years with the organization and now works with the Racial Wealth Equity team to provide financial management and capitalization training to nonprofits led by people of color. Ms. Levere was a member of the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors for three years, serving as Vice Chair in 2018 and Chair in 2019. In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. Levere to the National Cooperative Bank’s (NCB) Board of Directors and she has recently been appointed as Board Chair of their new CDFI, Rochdale Capital. She is a founding investor and the Chair of ROC USA, a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives. She is Vice Chair of the EBA Fund, a CDFI that manages loan sales while creating a secondary market for the nation’s largest microlenders. She was a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion, Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board, Capital One’s Community Advisory Council as well as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University.
Independent Consultant & Lecturer in the Practice of Management (Yale SOM)
Paige MacLean is an independent consultant who provides strategic advising, leadership coaching and design services to social entrepreneurs and philanthropists, leveraging her 20+ years of experience in organizational leadership and development, strategy consulting, and fundraising.
From 2010 - 2021, Paige served as the founder and executive director of AF Accelerate, a division of the Achievement First charter school network. In this role she was responsible for launching, designing and scaling Achievement First’s “open source” strategy to support traditional districts and charter schools in adapting and adopting the network’s instructional practices and strategies. Over 11 years, Paige grew AF Accelerate from a pilot project to an independent division that supported over 40,000 students across the country annually. Prior to joining Achievement First, Paige spent 8 years at Wellspring Consulting, a nonprofit strategy consulting firm, and the Boston Consulting Group.
At Yale, Paige teaches a course on current approaches to and critiques of philanthropy. Drawing on a wide network of philanthropists, foundation leaders and philanthropic advisors, the course brings leaders in the field to the classroom to discuss and debate timely issues and case studies.
Paige received her MBA from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Princeton University with a degree in Public Policy and a certificate in Afro-American Studies. After graduating from Princeton, Paige was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in the former East Germany, shortly after German reunification.
Paige is the past chair of the board of All Our Kin, an organization that trains and supports high-quality, sustainable, family childcare programs, and a partner at Connecticut Social Venture Partners.