Assets and attitude

People are the cornerstone of our firm and our services. They and their experience are our only asset. Without them we don’t exist. Some clients think we are sharp, engaging, and flexible. Others think we are perceptive, friendly, and versatile. You decide.


James.M.McNamaraJames M. McNamara

Responsibilities. Company management and operations, client strategy supervision and creation, day-to-day project management, and creative strategy and supervision.

Cultural Field Background. James has extensive experience in brand strategy development, client management, and the marketing and management of branding and design services.

He founded, managed, and consulted in the strategy, branding, and graphic identity practice of LaPlaca Cohen, a cultural arts marketing firm, for eight years. James repositioned the firm from an arts advertising agency to a full-service cultural arts consultancy – setting it on its current course. He instituted consulting methodologies and deliverables, organization and project systems, trained and supervised staff, and consulted on an extensive array of visual and performing arts clients.

Subsequent to this James was the practice lead for cultural arts at The Partners Design Consultants, an international brand strategy and design studio with a cultural arts interest. He has also held contract marketing and brand strategy positions at Addison Design Company, Saffron Brand Consultants, and Carbone Smolan Agency. James has a 20+ year career in brand strategy and visual identity, and package and industrial design at several other branding agencies.

He has held executive positions as practice head, managing director, and executive vice president / general manager; and staff positions as brand strategist, account manager, and marketing director.

James has presented to Board of Directors of cultural organizations on branding issues and to cultural field conferences as well.

He has a MBA in marketing and organizational behavior from Boston University and a BA in graphic and industrial design from UCLA.

For detailed information, James’ LinkedIn profile is


Team Resources
Valued Partners

These are resources in our field. We know many from partnering with them directly, or indirectly from working on the same project at different stages:


Strategic & Facilities Planning

  • AEA Consulting
  • AMS Planning & Research Corp.
  • Jenks Group, LLC
  • The Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors LLC
  • Lord Cultural Resources
  • Marts & Lundy
  • METStrategies
  • MMC | Museum Management Consultants
  • Raybin Associates
  • Solutions for Arts & Culture
  • TCC Group
  • Webb Management Services
  • Wolf Brown

Human Resources

  • ACG | Arts Consulting Group
  • Phillips Oppenheim
  • Thomas & Associates, Inc.



  • Consumer Intelligence
  • Martin & Stowe
  • Pessen Strategic Research

Qualitative & Quantitative

  • AMS Planning & Research Corp.
  • ARA | Audience Research & Analysis
  • Lee Groves Consulting | Anne Lee Groves
  • Cooper Roberts Research, Inc.
  • Insight Evaluation Services
  • O’Connor Market Research
  • People, Places & Design Research
  • Randi Korn & Associates
  • S. Radoff Associates
  • Shugoll Research
  • Slover Linett Strategies

Graphic & Environmental Design

  • C&G Partners
  • Eric J. Olson Creative Direction & Design
  • Flyleaf Creative, Inc.
  • Graham Hanson Design
  • Babushka Design Ltd. | Jessica Philpott
  • Mgmt. Design

Digital | Social Media

  • Cogapp
  • Kapow, Inc.
  • Pixel Marsala
  • POP Multimedia, Inc.
  • Pyramid Communications
  • Rubenstein Technology Group
  • Situation Interactive
  • TrestleMedia


  • Ann Edgar Associates
  • Bow Bridge Communications
  • Fitz & Co
  • Helene Davis Public Relations
  • Nicole Straus Public Relations
  • Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors
  • Resnicow Schroder
  • Robyn Liverant Public Relations
  • Rubenstein Communications
  • Stacy Bolton Communications
  • Third Eye


  • Allied Live
  • The Buckland Company
  • CSF Strategy, LLC
  • Red Osmosis
  • Serino / Coyne
  • Rebecca Sheahan
  • SpotCo
  • Trudel | MacPherson

Audience Development

  • Capacity Interactive Inc.
  • CultureThrive
  • Daniller + Company
  • DCM
  • Membership Consultants
  • Membership Matters
  • Spark Arts Consulting
  • TRG Arts

Development | Fundraising

  • CCS Fundraising
  • Dunch Arts, LLC
  • Goodale Associates
  • Grenzebach Glier & Associates, Inc.
  • Groves Development Group
  • Jan Krukowski & Company
  • The John O’Donnell Company
  • Phillips & Associates
  • Shelley Jane Grossberg Development Counsel