We write, rewrite, and render it well wrought. The Cool­er Minds was founded in 2014 by Lisa Schamess, an award-winning writ­er and communications pro­fes­­­­­sion­al who has been in the field since 1986. Along with founding as­sociates Anne Lindenfeld and John Paul Walter, Lisa cre­ated The Cool­er Minds to cap­­­­­ture the col­lective mind and muscle of about a dozen pro­fes­­­­­sion­als of var­ied ages, backgrounds, and skills. The members of The Cool­er Minds have expe­ri­ence in urban pol­icy, envi­ron­­­­­mental issues, govern­­­­­ment, and ed­ucation, to name just a few ar­eas.

We can use an individual or project team approach, custom-constructing just the right mix of capa­bilities for communication projects of all scales, from micro to macro, with a commit­ment to thor­ough and timely completion. We are equally adept at writing for print, social media, or spo­ken-word communications. In addition, we have access to exper­tise in every­thing you need to connect to your public. From graphic design, info­graph­ics, and stop-action ani­mation to email list man­age­ment, interactive communication across platforms, in-per­son focus groups, and social media man­age­ment, we can do it for you or act as matchmakers, introduc­ing you to amazing tal­ent.

Our founding associates

A sampling list of our other network associates is avail­able upon request.

Anne LindenfeldAnne Lindenfeld draws on over 20 years of expe­ri­ence in writing and editing for the written and spo­ken word. She has worked with nonprofit orga­ni­zations, public relations firms, public radio, new ven­tures, and small busi­nesses to cre­ate communi­ca­tions pieces that energize, attract attention, educate, and convey complex issues clearly. Her work focuses on envi­ron­mental pro­tection, healthcare, special needs education, micro­finance, and urban revital­ization. She has worked with Conservation International, AFL-CIO, The 8th Street SE/Mainstreet Project, The World Bank, and the DC Non-Profit Clinic Consortium.

Anne LindenfeldLisa Schamess is a writer of consid­erable range, spanning fiction, essay, education, and urban and community affairs. She has worked with the Metropoli­tan Institute at Vir­ginia Tech, National Vacant Prop­er­ties Campaign, Center for Community Progress, Smart Growth America, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Envi­ron­mental Pro­tection Agency, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Archi­tects, and The National Building Museum. She also is an adept copy­writer for corporate and nonprofit clients, skilled in support­ing messaging and brand efforts.

Anne LindenfeldJohn Paul Walter is an educator and writer whose exper­tise and inter­ests include compo­sition and rhetoric, visual and dig­ital lit­eracy, and the interaction of dig­ital and mate­rial compo­sition (e.g., the Making Move­ment). He brings to his work at The Cooler Minds a rich background in oral, manuscript, print, and dig­ital cul­ture; medieval lit­era­ture and language; and approaches to cog­nition, learning, and mem­ory. His background as an educator includes train­ing and curriculum devel­op­ment for K-12 as well as col­lege class­rooms, and he has also devel­oped and con­ducted train­ing in pro­fes­sional settings (govern­ment, corporate, and nonprofit). John acts as project man­ager, writer, and editor for our educational clients.