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 partner with nonprofits and small businesses to develop first-rate materials that ignite passion, boost membership, raise money (or make more of it), 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

  • I helped Green Dot Public Schools raise over $30,000 in year-end donations!  more
  • Just completed my "Leap Year" with change strategist Kristine Oller. Amazing. Thanks, KO!  more
  • I consult with the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation to help raise money and strengthen their communications program.  more
  • My radio story about L.A.'s urban beekeepers ran on "The California Report."  listen
  • My new branding and marketing strategy — and my leadership — for the ManKind Project of Los Angeles marked a big turnaround for the organization.  before   after
  • Top executive trainer and career coach Debbie Robins trusted me to refresh her copy-heavy website.  more
  • In order to create custom regional copy for its new site, I worked closely with RealtyBee.  more
  • I wrote a series of case studies for DISTINC, the Pasadena branding agency.  more
  • To help United States Artists develop a major new capital campaign, I interviewed a dozen leading arts philanthropists.  more
  • Also for USA, through DISTINC, I wrote presenters' speeches and fresh copy for the nonprofit's year-end awards programs.  more  +more
  • 4word came up with the tagline and package romance 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 successful online training program.  more
  • 4word helped create screen and biz-dev copy for OverNear, a new social networking app.  more
  • Cartwheel, a fine art sales and services startup, needed a tagline and copy for its website.  more
  • DISTINC hired me to help them develop fresh brand identity and web content for the Casting Society of America.  more
  • I wrote a series of "Thoughts" for DISTINC.  more
  • Working as a contractor and with my partner at 4word, I regularly write for Sterling Brands: ice cream, liquor, spices, laundry products, pet food...  more
  • With DISTINC, I helped The Broad Stage develop effective new program, direct mail, and fundraising collateral.  more  +more  ++more
  • Also through DISTINC, I worked with LA's Best to craft successful end-of-year fundraising materials.  more
  • Pearlfisher, a New York design group, was looking for a naming convention for one of its clients.  more
  • BSP, a Culver City brand strategy firm, hired me to write headlines and case studies for its new website.  more
  • For DISTINC, I wrote the leave-behind fundraising piece for MUSE/IQUE, a new orchestra in Pasadena.  more