Communicate your cause.
Brand whisperer. Cause evangelist.
Hi, I’m Colin.
My background as a creative writer taught me to recognize and capture great stories. As a journalist and a professional copywriter, I learned to listen closely when people talk about what matters to them. And my skills as a consultant align with my professional calling: to empower organizations to successfully communicate the good they’re doing in the world.
Whether you’re a nonprofit, a social benefit startup, a B Corp, or a mission-driven business, I collaborate with you to:
- Identify and clarify your mission
- Communicate it to the broadest possible audience
- Create systems that support it for the long run
- Unify your brand across all platforms
As a consultant, I help build your brand by strategizing, implementing, and maintaining a clear and effective outreach and communications plan. I position you with the powerful magnetic north of Good Business and Generous Global Giving. Along the way, nothing excites me more than seeing and facilitating positive transformation — of a person, a team, an organization, or the planet.
For samples of my work, please explore the Case Studies below. Looking for my résumé?
The Oregon Nurses on Boards website needed a specific voice and tone — and needed it quickly.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation relies on me to unify and strengthen its brand.
Production Elements was looking for a consultant who could help set it apart from its competitors.
When Wesley Health Centers needed a strategist to re-direct its core brand messaging, it turned to me.
I brought a fresh voice to Scripps College's respected alumnae magazine.
I helped re-energize the ManKind Project of Los Angeles, increasing new membership by more than 100%.
I worked with United States Artists to connect high net worth donors with their philanthropic passion.
I was part of team that raised more than $15 million for Green Dot Public Schools.
Julie Hart, an Australian psychologist, trusted me to shape the voice and tone of her first online course.
Art + Practice needed an eagle-eyed editor for its new communications program.
Through its creative agency, DISTINC, I helped The Broad Stage strengthen its marketing presence.
It has been my pleasure to work with Colin on a variety of projects. His talent as a writer and communicator has made him an essential member
of our team. He created a style manual for the Foundation that has resulted in consistent written communication from all the staff. We are grateful for his contributions to our marketing and our fundraising. Everyone loves working with him, because he challenges us to think big thoughts.
Colin was responsible for all our marketing and coursework writing and editing for my RenewYourSpark online relationship program, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. He was able to transform my initial copy into something wonderful — to strike just the right tone and message where needed. He saw the need for a new logo and helped us find a good design for it. He was ultra-reliable and worked well to any deadlines, delivering consistently great work. I am very happy to recommend him.Julie Hart
Colin’s vision for healthy growth made significant positive and lasting changes for MKPLA. His experience with written and branded communications helped us elevate and align our outreach materials and make our message consistent. His passion and commitment served as an inspiration for those inside and outside the community. He is a leader among leaders, and a man I trust and admire.Les Sinclair
Colin is the first person I call when I’m developing any kind of editorial project. He asks the right questions, understands the big picture, identifies details others have overlooked, and delivers top-quality content on or before the deadline. I’m always blown away by his insight and execution, though by now I’ve come to expect nothing less from Colin.Mark Frauenfelder
Colin was a consultant for two years at USA and wonderful to work with. He interacted skillfully with our board members, and his contribution to our endowment campaign was essential in shaping the identity and branding of the organization. And he always delivered on time and on budget.Jocelyn McCormick
1. I don’t walk in with solutions.
2. I watch and listen. Closely.
3. I help you to recognize the power of your brand.
4. Along the way, I solve problems.
5. I help you manage details while keeping the big picture in focus.
6. I acknowledge the value of human relationships.
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