Craig James is a corporate communications consultant with more than 15 years experience providing strategic counsel and developing persuasive communication in political, public affairs and corporate communications campaigns. He founded Craig James Consulting in 1999.
James is founder and former president of The Powell Tate Advertising Group (PTAG), which specialized in print and broadcast public affairs advertising, and Internet advocacy campaigns. Prior to founding PTAG, he was senior vice president of Bozell|Eskew, the advocacy advertising subsidiary of Robinson Lake Sawyer Miller.
James has developed corporate communications, advocacy and educational campaigns for a variety of clients in a variety of industries including: the St. Joe Company, The United States Mint, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy, GTE, the Bankruptcy Issues Council, the Air Transport Association, the Earth Satellite Corporation, and a coalition of leading high-tech companies concerned with promoting competition and innovation in the digital age.
James was a vice president in the political media firms of Squier-Eskew Communications (1984-92) and Grunwald, Eskew & Donilon (1993-95). He developed media strategies and produced advertising for a variety of political candidates and causes, domestically and internationally. While working in politics, he produced advertising for Senators Richard Shelby, Chris Dodd, Frank Lautenberg, and Howell Heflin and Congressmen Glen Browder and Ben Erdreich and others.
He has also worked for the New Zealand Labour Party, the South Australian Labor party, and an Australian public opinion polling firm.
In addition to these political clients, James has developed communications campaigns for Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, the New Zealand Challenge America's Cup Team, and the A+ Coalition for Better Education.
James has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland.