About Me

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My name is Melissa James, and I'm just a creative bee—I never seem to run out of ideas. That's why I enjoy working with so many different clients. Since starting Creative Copy & Design LLC in 2013, I've written, edited and/or designed for more than 60 organizations. Most are small businesses and nonprofits, but some of my clients have been large companies and institutions, including Home Depot corporate, Cleveland Clinic, University of Massachusetts, George Washington University, and the College of William & Mary. Some favorite local clients have been Quality Built Exteriors, Play A Round Family Fun Center, Virginia Living Museum, Word Roots Tutoring & Literacy Innovation Center, and a large number of child care centers, churches and neighborhoods.


I've worked in communication since 2001, and am married with a middle-school daughter and high-school son. I'm an active volunteer in my community (Yorktown, Virginia) and especially enjoy mentoring high school and college kids who want to go into the communication field. I also enjoy art, directing theater, ringing in my church handbell choir and singing... all additional forms of communication!

Work Experience


Marketing Director

The Curtis Group

Nonprofit consulting firm

Virginia Beach, Virginia

2014 –2017

Downtown Hampton Child Development Center

Early childhood nonprofit

Hampton, Virginia

2008 –2014

Managing Editor

Colonial Williamsburg
Products Division

Home furnishings brand for nonprofit foundation

Williamsburg, Virginia

2005 –2008


Rings & Things

Wholesale jewelry supplies

Spokane, WA



Copy Editor
incl. Headline Writing
and Page Design

The Spokesman-Review

City newspaper

Spokane, WA


The Standard-Times

City newspaper

San Angelo, TX




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Bachelor's in Journalism &
Mass Communication

Second major in Spanish

UNC-Chapel Hil



  • Graduate with distinction

  • Alpha Delta Sigma
    (National Advertising Honor Society)

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Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Academy for Nonprofit Excellence
Tidewater Community College


In this renowned program, I gained a well-rounded knowledge of nonprofits including how to increase effectiveness, build capacity, and enhance the mission of the nonprofits for whom I provide marketing services.


Silver Winner, 2008
Multichannel Merchant Awards

Copywriter, Williamsburg Catalog

"The MCM Awards are the industry’s top honors for B-to-B and B-to-C multichannel marketers. Formerly the Annual Catalog Awards and the I.Merchant Awards, the MCM Awards continue the tradition of recognizing superior print catalogs and websites from around the globe. Gold and Silver awards are given out for quality in both print and web."


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Shown with husband
Lt. Col. Derek James

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"Top Forty Under 40" Winner, 2018

Inside Business Magazine

This award is given to young business leaders in Hampton Roads who have demonstrated both success in their field and a deep level of community involvement and volunteerism.


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Women in Business Award, 2022
Inside Business Magazine


 The 2022 Women in Business Achievement Awards are designed to celebrate women who have been successful in their business and careers, have made a significant impact on the business community and local economy and have served as mentors and examples to others.