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Our Story

You get more than 30 years of combined experience in business writing, content creation, and brand communications when you hire The Allyson Group.

Karen puts her background as a writer and corporate communications director behind the firm’s social enterpreneur and small business clients to amplify their message and grow their networks and audience share.

We partner with top-notch affiliates to utilize the traditional PR toolbox – TV, radio, and speaking gigs – as well as the reach and power of social media and guest appearances on podcasts.

The team is comprised of PR pros, writers, editors, and journalists. The affiliates bring everything else.

For you, we create tight, efficient content that moves people to action – and fits right into your content marketing strategy.

Karen James Cody, Director, The Allyson Group, Writing, Editing, and Content Creation for Social Enterprises
Karen James Cody
I’m a pessimist if I’m not careful, a feminist, a Black, oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive. ~ Octavia Butler

Founder & Director

Karen James Cody is a writer and editor in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Her first jobs out of college put her inside award-winning graphic design firms. Ever since, though she is a writer to the core, she has an abiding love for awe-inspiring, heartfelt, authentic design and wonderful typography, sourced from many cultures.

She founded The Allyson Company in 1991, then rebranded it The Allyson Group after moving to D.C. from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994. It always offered writing, copyediting, book editing and publishing services, and media relations to small and medium-sized businesses.

Back in the day that meant company newsletters, annual reports, and marketing copy. The tools of the trade were the Selectric typewriter, and then the MacIntosh, the IBM, and the DOS clone. Later it became the CEO’s blog and employee intranets.

Today, workshare platforms are commonplace and social media pages are well integrated with an organization’s marketing. It all requires content. That’s where we come in.

Call us to discuss your project, large or small. It begins with just a conversation.


Website content, business development strategy for F.I.S.T DC
Social media content creation for agents at World Financial Group, a Transamerica Company
Publicity, social media, media relations for Black Women Playwrights Group
Content creation for agents at Compass Real Estate
Book proposal development for The Key Consulting Firm
Website design, branding consulting for Dr. Bumni Agboola, MD, FAAP (Pediatrics), FACP (Internal Medicine), FAAAI (Allergy)
Website design and copywriting for Park Avenue Cleaning


The company team is comprised of PR pros, writers, editors, and journalists. Our awesome affiliates bring everything else.
MitchRich Communications

MitchRich Communications has since 2003 supported organizations that impact the lives of children, families and communities. Chief Strategist and Senior Writer Nona Richardson 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 arenas.

Cool Mintz Social Media

Fiona Wright and Cool Mintz work with businesses to manage their social media and mobile marketing platforms to get measurable results. We are proud to work with them as part of The Allyson Group team.

Talooka Studio Graphic Design

Talooka Studio (TLK) is a Visual Communications Firm focused on helping small businesses transform their visions into visual. The co-founders of TLK have over 10 years of experience focusing on creating visual identities and collateral that convert a company’s audience into customers.

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