The Team

Karen James Cody, Owner & Creative Director

Karen James Cody founded The Allyson Group in 1994 to offer writing, editing, and media relations to small and medium-sized businesses. Her background in corporate public relation informs her approach to content creation.

Karen’s puts her more than 30 years of experience as a writer and corporate communications director behind her small business clients, nonprofits and authors to grow their audience share. The Allyson Group utilizes the traditional PR toolbox – TV, radio, media interviews, brand development and management, and relationships – as well as social media, guest appearances on podcasts, and live speaking engagements.

The team she’s put together is comprised of PR pros, writers, editors, and journalists with years of experience producing tight, efficient content that moves people to action.


Public Relations 

Nona Richardson, MitchRich Communications
Nona Richardson, MitchRich Communications

Nona is the chief strategist and senior writer at MitchRich Communications. She has spent the last 16 years supporting organizations that are impacting the lives of children, families and communities. She is a seasoned strategist, writer, editor, creative director, team builder and executive coach. She has worked in K-12 and higher education, non-profit, philanthropy and public relations agency


Social Media Strategy & Execution

Fiona B. Wright, Cool Mintz


Graphic & Logo Design








Other Pursuits

1-Vertical Full LogoKaren James Cody is also the principal at KUPENDIZA, a social enterprise marketing company that partners with women’s collectives around the world to market high-quality, everyday luxury handbags. Kupendiza currently offers handmade bags and handbags from the African Women & Youth Initiative in Nakuru, Kenya and Global Borders in Nandi, Kenya; kanga and kitenge cotton wristlets and yoga mat bags from the Tanzanian collective Bahari Deco Crafts, based in Maryland; Le Look Bags, Nigeria in Lagos; Hannah’s Leather & Craft in Georgetown, Guyana; and La Mujeres Beading Cooperative in the Yucatan, Mexico. We are committed to the principles of Fair Trade and ethical fashion, buying directly from the artisan collectives.





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