Cut through the noise.

We develop meaningful creative for brave and inspiring organizations who want to stand out from the crowd. Our group of kindred spirits works collaboratively so every project benefits from our combined expertise.

Our team

Julie Sherman

Founder and Creative Director

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design, creative and art direction, communication, leadership

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I adore the feeling of creating beautiful things. But nothing feels better than doing this while elevating something important. I love making unsung heroes sing.”

Thirteen years ago, Julie made a decision to focus her design and art direction talent on doing good. She said goodbye, corporate world and hello, J Sherman Studio. And she hasn’t looked back since.

As our founder and fearless leader, Julie invests deeply in client relationships, supports their business goals, and encourages her team to envision the aesthetic for every project—large or small. She also oversees all Studio work, grows and develops our team, navigates change, and sets direction. She’s one busy woman.

Speaking of women, Julie is proud to run a successful woman-owned and women-led business. She believes in organization and efficiency through process and using tools that ultimately make us better partners and collaborators. She has an insatiable desire to continue to learn, grow, and improve herself and her business.

Julie has a discerning eye and desire to create beautiful, smart and impactful solutions. This is no surprise, given her background in fine art and art history. In fact, studio arts are so important to Julie, she specifically founded her business as a “studio,” not an “agency.”

Julie holds a BFA in fine art from Cornell and an MS in communications from Simmons. As a Newton, MA small business owner for more than a decade, she is embedded in the community and always looking for ways to give back

Sara Kaminski

Creative Strategist and Director of New Business

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
design strategy, creative and art direction, concept ideation, constructive critique, business development

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It fascinates me how much data can influence the creative process. I think I was born part artist, part data nerd. And I’m totally okay with that.”

Sara’s wheels are always turning. Data discovery is her thing and she has an uncanny knack for taking the most complicated research and distilling it down to a single, simple strategy. As our Creative Strategist and Director of New Business, she’s able to laser focus on the right message for the right audience and enjoys mind-melds with our clients, leading to some serious business development too.

Sara definitely has a left-brain, right-brain thing going on. Not only does she bring order and hierarchy to complicated projects, but her background in design and art direction allows her to mesmerize with beautiful designs. She takes visual identity and conceptual talent to new and unique heights. Big picture ideas. Stunning art direction. And don’t get in her way when there’s a Sharpie and some paper laying around. The sketching never ends.

When you add to all this her passion for the environment, education and helping those in need, it’s no wonder she’s solidifying the Studio’s commitment to not just doing good work, but doing good.

Danielle Deveau

Project Manager

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
project management

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I thrive on project management, but it makes it so much more rewarding when the end result is so beautiful and created for organizations that really care about people.”

Danielle is not just the glue that holds the Studio together, she’s the person who makes sure that glue is produced correctly, created on time, and kept on budget. As our project manager, Danielle is truly the master of the details. She knows the status of every project and closely communicates with our clients every step of the way.

Her incredible organizational skills and work ethic are no surprise once you realize she has an extensive background in operations, managing complex logistics and working with senior teams in leadership management. Her secret to success? Lists, lists and more lists.

Danielle’s project management experience spans across philanthropic, nonprofit and finance organizations. She holds a BS in Applied Legal Studies from Suffolk University, where she no doubt made many lists.

Abi Maulion

Designer

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
wireframe and web design, print and publication design, visual identity, environmental graphics, presentation design

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I love taking a client’s mission and bringing it to life through design. It feels good to spread their message. Making it beautiful is a bonus.”

Abi doesn’t just design websites. She creates a clean, beautiful stage from which our clients’ missions sing. The combination of her incredible design talent and prior experience working in nonprofit communications allows Abi to dig deep into a concept with passion and understanding.

Abi also likes to bring new technical solutions to the table. She’s never met an app redesign she doesn’t like. She loves staying ahead of the curve and will be first in line to learn about the next big thing. But her talent goes way beyond screens. She has wonderful use of structure and grids, a gorgeous sense of color, and strong sense of type hierarchy. All of which means she also creates stunning print designs.

It’s no wonder that after 14 years in communications, Abi’s designs are eye-catching, thoughtful and, above all, effective. Her dedication to client goals and the technical needs of each project shines through her work.

Abi holds a certificate in graphic design from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and a BA in Psychology from UMASS Boston. This must be how she always knows what makes our clients happy.

Julie McCarthy

Designer

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
digital illustration, print and publication design, social media graphics, event design

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Illustration is mesmerizing to me. I like the way the lines come together to form something beautiful. Add a strong concept to the mix and I’m in love.”

Every design sends a message. And Julie’s speak volumes. She brings a humanity and fresh eye to all her design solutions and perfectly captures the story your brand needs to tell. From print to digital to experiential, she can flex her talent across any medium.

Julie’s obsessed with details. In a good way. She leaves no font left unturned and works until every pixel is perfect. Her methodically organized design files are also a nice bonus. She takes great joy in her work and if you’ve never seen her sketch, you’re in for a treat.

Julie learned all these wonderful talents while earning her BA in psychology from UMass Amherst and a Graphic Design Certificate from New England School of Art and Design.

Kate Costa

Designer

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
print and publication design, wireframe and web design, digital graphics, presentation design

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block printing, city walks, playing endless rounds of fetch with her dog

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There’s something truly magical that happens at the intersection of impact and design. I love creating something that puts a well-deserved spotlight on mission-driven work.”

Kate designs with heart. A passionate environmental and social justice advocate with an extensive nonprofit marketing background, Kate brings a powerful combination of empathy and strategy to every project.

An artist to her very core, Kate has a knack for creating designs that truly come alive—from pencil sketches to pixels. Her bold use of color and eye for structure create more than just stunning layouts. Kate’s designs evoke emotion and move audiences to action.

Her creativity is matched only by her meticulous attention to detail. She’ll stop at nothing to ensure every font, color, and shape is placed with intention. Her work emphasizes clarity and accessibility, always. Plus, she constantly draws on her own experience running a small printmaking business to bring inventive and pragmatic solutions to the table.

Kate’s passion for communicating and designing for important causes was ignited while earning a BA in Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Business Essentials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Our featured consultants

Stephen Amelia

Web Development Partner

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
web development, digital strategy, business solutions

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The marriage of website design and functionality shouldn’t be overlooked. I love executing a beautiful design, while giving users an experience that’s equally as stunning.”

50 and counting. That’s how many fabulous websites Stephen has built for our clients. And they couldn’t be happier. Since 2007, we’ve been lucky to contract with Stephen, the founder and president of AGENCY 3.0, a Boston-based website design and development firm. He’s leveraged his decades of experience, helping hundreds of businesses and nonprofit organizations, to build our clients’ brands and amplify their message of doing good.

Stephen does far more than just make websites “work.” He’s constantly dabbling in the newest technology to bring fresh function to each site he creates. He’s the man behind the curtain who makes it all work, but should really be center stage to take a bow.

Sue Harvey

Change Management Partner

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
change management, leadership and team coaching, communications, writing

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My work is about emergence—moving from out-grown ways to what is newly possible. Emergence requires both a clear compelling vision, and the tools to make the vision real. When both are present the results can be truly transformative.”

Our world is rapidly evolving and it’s important for business to keep up. To do new things requires new skills and new perspectives. And the process of change demands its own unique set of supports. That’s why we partner with Sue.

Sue helps organizations do change better. She understands where we want to go, and draws on a wealth of expertise to make the journey smoother and faster. This is no surprise, of course, since after graduating from Williams College, she earned a certificate in leadership coaching at Georgetown and is also certified in the PROSCI change management methodology.

Sue uses her decades of experience in government, corporate and non-profit organizations to help us shape our vision, build a roadmap, and empower our team to succeed. In a nutshell, Sue makes us better at what we do.

Folake Oguntebi

Brand and Marketing Strategy Partner

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
brand and marketing strategy, writing, campaign management

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making new friends and keeping the old, parenting, piano

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It’s a joy to partner with the Studio in developing beautifully crafted, human-centered designs, strategies, and campaigns.”

With a BA in International Relations from Stanford, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Folake is pretty darn impressive on paper. But wait until you meet her in person. Her kind, generous spirit and sharp intellect makes it no surprise she’s a passionate believer in the power of business as a force for good. We’re proud to have her as a partner.

Folake runs a Brooklyn-based marketing consultancy that helps mission-driven brands scale their impact. She specializes in marketing, brand strategy and social impact.

Her past experience is diverse. She learned the ins and outs of the corporate world with her positions at American Express and Teladoc Health. In the nonprofit sector, Folake worked with the impact investment firm, ImpactAssets, FATE Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria and New York-based Seedco. As if that’s not enough, Folake has also straddled the line between corporate and nonprofit by consulting for several social enterprises, including B Lab / B Corporation, African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa and Civic Entertainment Group, a public-spirited marketing agency. An impressive lineup if we’ve ever seen one.

Folake clearly has what it takes to help our clients move the needle with their brands and, more importantly, with their missions.

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