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We’re an independent, full-service creative agency that has combined the strategic rigor and conceptual ability of a traditional advertising agency with the speed and craft of a modern social studio. The result is a creative company that works in an open and agile process as an extension of clients’ teams, architecting brand strategy, creating brand platforms, building creative systems, and executing activations that break through culture at every level.
Founded in 2017 in Richmond, Virginia, today we are 185 full-time employees across the United States with a network of 500+ contractors that scale up and down to help our clients solve some of their biggest problems.
We believe in each other. We believe in our client partners. And we believe that things can change, usually faster than anyone thought possible.
Founder/Executive Creative DirectorCharles is inspired by people who want to change things. He founded Arts & Letters Creative Co. to be a home where talented people could partner with the world’s biggest dreamers to create ideas that do just that. He believes that the best ideas transcend advertising and become culture in their own right and that every idea has that potential if you’re willing to put in the effort. No stranger to transformative work, Charles began his career in New York as a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy on Nike, ESPN, Heineken and Delta before departing to work at Google’s Creative Lab. Prior to founding Arts & Letters, Charles honed his approach for modern creative partnership as a Group Creative Director on Apple at TBWA\Media Arts Lab in Los Angeles where he led global creative efforts for iPhone.
Managing DirectorRich comes into Arts & Letters every day with the belief that an agency’s greatest assets are its people. With over 20 years of client management experience, Rich has spent his career building teams and marshalling strong creative partnerships at some of the best agencies across the country. Before Arts & Letters, he was a SVP/Group Account Director at The Martin Agency where he ran accounts including Oreo, Benjamin Moore Paints and Comcast. Prior to that, he led the ESPN account and served as the Director of Account Management at Wieden+Kennedy New York. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly six years at Goodby Silverstein & Partners where he helped launch Netflix.
Director of StrategyAt Arts & Letters, Andy can always be found espousing his firm belief that the best creative work comes from a place of provocative truth. It’s a trait that served him well at Wieden+Kennedy, where he directed strategy across all of Nike on global projects for Nike+, Nike Basketball, Nike Running, Nike Football, Nike Golf, and the Women’s World Cup. For Arts & Letters, Andy also combines this quest for the truth with agile process, drawing on his experience working with startups in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and before that, redefining the strategic approach to the creative process as the Director of Brand Strategy for Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco.
Executive Creative DirectorDanielle brings over twenty-five years of creative leadership to Arts & Letters, seventeen of those from Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, where she led work for Nike, Target, Starbucks, Levi’s, P&G and Girl Effect via the Nike Foundation, for which she moved to Ethiopia to lead for six months. Prior to joining Arts & Letters, Danielle worked at TBWA\Media Arts Lab and MALFORGOOD leading work for Apple, Emerson Collective, Conservation International, and The One Love Foundation. She has climbed 16,300 vertical feet and submerged herself 80 feet below sea level, so it comes as no surprise that she fills Arts & Letters with a spirit of adventure, quirky manners of expression, and (perhaps most importantly) the idea of making an impactful, girlful difference out in the world.
Executive Creative DirectorJed is always inspiring Arts & Letters to embrace the fact that the rules of creativity are constantly being rewritten. Prior to joining Arts & Letters, Jed was the Managing Creative Director at B-Reel, NY where he led the office working on Google, MTV, and Facebook. Before that he served as Creative Director for Mother, NY leading work for Virgin Mobile, Sour Patch Kids, Tanqueray, and New Balance. He traces his roots for creative excellence to Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he started his career creating category disrupting work for MINI Cooper and Burger King. With a focus on creative innovation combined with an attention to craft, Jed is driving the quest at Arts & Letters to redefine what it means to be a thought partner in the modern age of creativity.
Executive Creative DirectorNick comes to Arts & Letters with the firm belief that this should be fun. And by “this,” he means the ideas, the process and everything in between. Before Arts & Letters, Nick was at Grey where he was an Executive Creative Director, leading work on Volvo, Gillette and McCormick’s. Prior to that, he was a Group Creative Director at 72andSunny and Barton F. Graf. Before he became one of the most beloved creative leaders in the industry, Nick was an award-winning copywriter in New York at Wieden+ Kennedy and BBH where he started his journey. Throughout his career, he’s been part of the kind of work that doesn’t just deliver business results, but also breaks through in culture. You may have even laughed at something he wrote one time, which he really appreciates because sometimes that’s all you really can hope for.
Director of ProductionTemma passionately believes in producing with creativity and intention. Prior to joining Arts & Letters, Temma spent 23 years at Wieden + Kennedy NY as a Producer and Executive Producer, working with clients like McDonald’s, Bud Light, ESPN, Target, Jordan Brand and Delta Airlines. From challenging Super Bowl shoots to dynamic experiential productions, her guiding vision has helped land projects across the spectrum of modern production. While she has a history of producing award-winning work, her favorite part is providing mentorship to producers that light up different parts of the industry with their magic. Temma approaches each day believing that being a producer is one of the toughest jobs in the industry, but also one of the most rewarding. She is constantly helping Arts & Letters take its work and process to the next level, and wakes up every day driven to create a place where the next generation of creative producers can succeed against the constantly evolving landscape of technology, creativity, diversity and innovation.
Director of TalentMarty believes the most underutilized skill in business is listening, which is why she ended up in Talent in the first place, because she wanted to be the person who makes sure everyone’s voice is heard. Before Arts & Letters, Marty spent 13 years at The Martin Agency, where she was last VP/Talent Development. She started on the media side of the business, which she credits for her love of excel spreadsheets and working lunches, but quickly shifted into Recruiting, where she discovered LinkedIn might just be the most revolutionary tool of the 21st century. However, once Marty tried her hand at employee relations and talent development, she never looked back. She saw full circle just how important care and support are, not just when hiring someone for a job, but at helping people along every single step of the journey.