Allison North Jones

Founder & CEO


Allison is experienced in all aspects of media strategy, public policy and planning with nearly 20-years of experience, beginning her career as a journalist covering politics for national news organizations in Washington D.C. and then Florida. In 2006, Allison hung up her press pass and began her career as a public relations consultant and executive developing state and federal campaigns and public relations initiatives for a variety of clients.

Working for national news organizations in Washington D.C., including the New York Times, Bloomberg News and CNN, Allison developed a keen understanding of politics and public policy. As a member of Florida’s Capitol Press Corps, Allison covered the Florida Legislature as well as statewide and national political campaigns for the Tampa Tribune.

Since leaving the Florida Press Corps, Allison has helped develop numerous public relations campaigns and secured media exposure for a wide range of businesses, associations and nonprofit organizations.  She has also served as a consultant and communications director for numerous Florida primary and general election campaigns.

As a former member of the national media as well as the Florida Capitol Press Corps, Allison’s ongoing relationships with the media in Florida, Washington D.C. and throughout the country, combined with her intimate understanding of how best to communicate with them and garner access to the media gives clients an edge in their public relations and marketing campaigns.

Allison has also developed messaging and managed crisis communications for businesses small and large, developed strategic communications for Fortune 500 companies, and serves as a media consultant for several nonprofit associations and advocacy organizations throughout the country.

Throughout 2013, Allison hosted a morning drive-time radio show during which she interviewed a wide array of high-profile political and media personalities.  Allison is also a frequent source for the media.

When she’s not traveling all over doing all the #bosslady things, Allison can be found spending her “free time” either consuming coffee or rosé and spending time with her rescue pup, Brynn.

Melissa West

Vice President of Operations & Marketing


Melissa West brings extensive experience to North, which includes political campaigns and strategic communications for legislative, business related and nonprofit organizations. Currently, at the helm of North’s Charleston office, Melissa’s areas of expertise include event management, nonprofit communications and branding, media management and outreach, legislative advocacy, advertising and event planning.

Prior to joining the team, Melissa was Donor Relations Coordinator for the Florida State University Foundation in the Office of Advancement Relations. Melissa has also worked as a public policy analyst at The Children’s Campaign, and as an assistant campaign coordinator for the Agricultural Commissioner general election campaign in 2010.

Melissa has received numerous honors and recognitions in her field including in 2015 named as a Golden A.C.E by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals.

Melissa is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her Master’s degree in Education Policy, Planning and Analysis as well as a Bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science, with a minor in Communications.

When Melissa isn’t delegating all the things for the North team, her favorite way to unwind is by running a tight ship at home in Charleston with her husband Kyle and 3-year-old son.  She can usually be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen or delegating the latest home improvement project!

Megan Branham

Vice President of Policy & Advocacy Programs


Megan Branham lives in Columbia, South Carolina and has spent more than 12 years advocating in the non-profit sector to improve the lives of children across the Palmetto State. Since completing her Masters in Social Work at the University of South Carolina, Megan has advanced legislation and policies improving child well-being during her time at Children’s Trust of South Carolina and the Palmetto Association for Children and Families, implemented programs to improve maternal and child health with the South Carolina March of Dimes and has facilitated community efforts to prevent teen pregnancy while at Palmetto Health. She is also adjunct faculty at Columbia College and is a volunteer Guardian at Litem.

Megan is also a graduate of The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates with an emphasis on results-based leadership. Megan is a member of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s Kinship Council and serves on the Children’s Justice Act Taskforce.

When she’s not at the State House or working from one of her favorite local coffee shops on Main Street, Megan can be found spending time with her husband and daughter traveling, cheering for the Gamecocks or running a race at Disney World!