About Me

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 organizations, including Home Depot corporate, Regent University and the College of William & Mary.

 

I've worked in communication since 2001, and am married with a son and daughter in middle school. 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

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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

Copywriter

Rings & Things

Wholesale jewelry supplies

Spokane, WA

2003-2005

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Copy Editor
incl. Headline Writing
and Page Design

The Spokesman-Review

City newspaper

Spokane, WA

2002-2004

The Standard-Times

City newspaper

San Angelo, TX

2001-2003

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Education

Bachelor's in Journalism &
Mass Communication

Second major in Spanish

UNC-Chapel Hil

1997–2001

 

  • Graduate with distinction

  • Alpha Delta Sigma
    (National Advertising Honor Society)

Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Academy for Nonprofit Excellence
Tidewater Community College

2010-2014

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

Honors

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

"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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