New York

Erin Hersey

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riven by relentless curiosity and constant upbeat energy, Erin is an intrepid detective who views any project as a mystery waiting to be solved. Her favorite "cases" are working with clients to help them identify their innate capabilities and existing resources and 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 e-commerce agency Avenue Code, she created technology that enabled Fortune 500 companies to scale their systems—and even helped the company itself to grow from 15 to 87 people internationally in under a year. Most recently, she helped launch the groundbreaking M.F.A. program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts.

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.