meet colin

I’m a passionate, broad-visioned idealist with 19 years’ experience crafting fresh content, editorial, communications, and brand-based storytelling across all media.  As a writer, I coach nonprofits and mission-driven businesses to help them develop first-rate materials that ignite passion, boost membership, raise money, and get missions back on track.

Creative, communicative, and collaborative, I’m a team builder and a team player. A pragmatic futurist. An articulate apostle for the right cause. Nothing excites me more than facilitating positive transformation — in people, teams, systems, or organizations.

Here's my résumé. Here's my LinkedIn profile. I'm on Twitter, too.

Read my detailed biography here.

recent projects

  • Green Dot Public Schools, an L.A. nonprofit, hired me to write grants and boost their communications program.  more  +more  +more
  • I'm helping the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation better brand itself.  more  +more  +more
  • My outreach strategy — and my leadership — marked a big turnaround for the ManKind Project of Los Angeles.  before  after
  • Melcher Media needed me to write a proof-of-concept book for 3D software leader Autodesk.  more
  • BSP, a Culver City brand strategy firm, hired me to write headlines and case studies for its new website.  more
  • Executive trainer and career coach Debbie Robins trusted me to freshen up her copy-heavy website.  more
  • I worked closely with RealtyBee to create custom regional copy for its new website.  more
  • I wrote a series of case studies for DISTINC, the Pasadena branding agency.  more
  • I interviewed leading arts philanthropists as part of a major capital campaign for United States Artists.  more
  • Also for USA, through DISTINC, I wrote speeches and fresh copy for USA's year-end awards programs.  more  +more
  • Through Sterling Brands, 4word came up with the tagline and package copy for Dreyer's new line of Outshine Bars.  more
  • 4word collaborated with Sterling Brands to craft more Häagen-Dazs package romance copy. This time? Gelato!  more
  • I wrote and edited the marketing copy for ManKind Project USA's first-ever online training program.  more
  • 4word helped create screen and marketing copy for OverNear, the social networking app.  more
  • Cartwheel, a fine art sales and services startup, needed a tagline and copy for its first website.  more
  • DISTINC hired me to help develop fresh brand identity and web content for the Casting Society of America.  more
  • I wrote a series of "Thoughts" for DISTINC.  more
  • With DISTINC, I helped The Broad Stage develop new program, direct mail, and fundraising collateral.  more  +more  +more  +more
  • Also through DISTINC, I worked with LA's BEST to craft successful a end-of-year fundraising campaign.  more
  • Pearlfisher, a New York design group, was looking for a naming convention for one of its clients.  more
  • DISTINC hired me to write the leave-behind fundraising piece for MUSE/IQUE, a new orchestra.  more