William Drenttel

President, Winterhouse Institute, and Senior Faculty Fellow, Yale School of Management

William Drenttel works at the intersection of design and social innovation. He received Rockefeller Foundation support during 2009-2011 to develop social design initiatives, including conferences and symposia that engage the design industry in the social sector.

Drenttel is also an advisory board member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation; was on the leadership team that helped to develop Teach For All, an international education initiative working with social enterprises in more than 20 countries; and is the publisher and editorial director of Design Observer, a leading international website covering design, urbanism, social innovation and visual culture.

Drenttel is a senior faculty fellow at Yale School of Management, a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at New York University, and president emeritus of the AIGA. He has served on the boards of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Poetry Society.

In 2010, he was named the first Henry Wolf Resident in Graphic Design at the American Academy in Rome, and elected to both Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was awarded the AIGA Medal for Design Excellence, the highest honor in the design profession. He is a graduate of Princeton University.