Meet the D&AD Impact Council

The D&AD Impact Council is made up of senior figures from across the creative, social entrepreneur, Venture Capital and NGO space and exists to support and represent D&AD Impact’s mission to drive creativity that powers change.

Erin Hersey

Lead Innovator What if Innovation

Driven by relentless curiosity and constant upbeat energy, Erin has worked across various fields clarifying the human problem at the heart of any system, working with people, teams and executives to create experiences that change perceptions and outcomes. Her favorite challenges are working with people and teams to help them identify their innate capabilities, existing resources and to better understand the larger business realities—then applying this information to crack any challenge they might face.

Before joining ?What If!, she worked in a range of strategic fields including law, international development, technology, and education. As a strategist at San Francisco-based agile e-commerce agency Avenue Code, she partnered with Fortune 500 companies to reframe how they developed their systems—and even helped the company itself to grow from 15 to 87 people internationally in under a year. Most recently, she helped found and launch the groundbreaking M.F.A. program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts and content platform Publet.

Passionate about food, Erin loves home-brewing and hosting Dinners With Ideas NYC, a monthly dinner club where diverse individuals come together for spirited debate and conversation. When not connecting with social innovators and entrepreneurs over food, she can spend countless hours listening to podcasts while doodling in her notebook.