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We’re excited to announce that James Early, a brand strategist with over 20 years of experience, has joined our team as a VP of Client Services. 

James Early, Client Services Vice President, Velir

James has a proven track record of working with mission-driven clients like BBC America, the Brookings Institution, Goodwill Industries, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, and many more. He has partnered with Velir for nearly 15 years working in varying capacities, largely in the realm of creative, branding, and design, but always focused on meeting clients’ strategic needs. 

As VP, James will bring his strategy, UX, and creative experience to our Client Services organization to help drive our goal of becoming our clients’ trusted strategic partners. James will be overseeing the social impact portfolio.  

Read James’ interview with Capitol Communicator

We have always seen the value of acting as strategic partners for our clients and it’s clear that James is focused on meeting our clients’ strategic needs. James offers a wealth of strategic thinking paired with an extensive understanding of social impact organizations. Because of that, we’re excited that James is joining the team to bring his leadership and strong background to the Client Services team. We’re looking forward to seeing James’ continued positive impact on our team and projects."

Dave Valliere, Chief Executive Officer

James has extensive experience working in Brand Definition, UX Strategy, and Design Facilitation, providing industry leaders with visual identities, digital strategies, prototyping, and product definition. Prior to James’ work as an independent Creative Director and Brand Strategist, he was a Creative Director and Partner at Threespot for over 15 years. 

Ensuring that purpose-driven organizations are leveraging digital for its greatest impact is fundamental to Velir’s approach. I’m excited to partner with our clients in crafting their visions and empowering our teams to bring them to life."

James Early, VP Client Services

About Velir


Velir is an established mid-sized agency with a top-tier portfolio of clients, ranging from the world's largest non-profits to Fortune 500 brands. We pride ourselves on our people-first culture and a low-ego workplace that embraces experimentation, collaboration, and continuous improvement.


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