Karen James Cody

Writing, Editing, and Public Relations in Washington, DC

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Since 1994 I have led THE ALLYSON GROUP, a loose-knit band of seasoned communications professionals offering writing, editing, public relations, publicity, branding, and social media content creation to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan market: D.C. Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

With great writing and strong public relations tactical skills we help individuals and companies refine core messages and brand products and services in the minds of stakeholders: customers, employees, shareholders, and the public.

In 2014 we added artist representation to our publicity portfolio and represent a small group of visual artists from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds.

I launched KUPENDIZA in November, 2015, a social enterprise marketing company that partners with women’s collectives around the world to market high-quality, everyday luxury handbags.

Kupendiza currently offers hand made beaded handbags from the African Women & Youth Initiative in Nakuru, Kenya and Global Borders in Nandi, Kenya; and kanga and kitenge cotton wristlets and yoga mat bags from the Tanzanian collective Bahari Deco Crafts, based in Maryland. We are committed to the principles of Fair Trade and ethical fashion, buying directly from the artisan collectives.

Additionally, I became a licensed life and health insurance agent with WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP (an Aegon/Transamerica company) in 2012, and serve clients in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. WFG is an IMO (insurance marketing organization) representing Transamerica and 200+ other insurers. We offer life insurance, annuities, long term care, disability, estate planning, final expense, and other asset-protecting insurance products.

  • Work
    • The Allyson Group
  • Education
    • B.A., Political Science, SF State University