What makes us tick

It’s quite simple really. We feel energized and gratified by the type of work we get to do. We’re not just communicators—it’s so much deeper than that. Employing each of our unique talents, we are storytellers and movement builders. We are change agents, reframers and advocates. And continually proud of the impact we make. Learn more about what drives us in our staff-written blogs.

In Consideration of Company Culture

Having recently taken on the full ownership of our company, I’ve been taking stock of our assets. When I assess the agency’s strengths, I’m proud to say that our company culture is near the top of the list.  This isn’t just window dressing in this business where original ideas and real, deep-level listening win the…

Are we there yet?

One year ago, I shared my thoughts regarding International Women’s Day and the strides I believe women have made. Here we are a year later, and now I’m not so sure.

2023 Annual Report

With this blog post we are announcing and publishing our fourth Certified B-Corp and Oregon Benefit Company Annual Report. As a proud B Crop, Coates Kokes is proud to share our goings on from the past year. Check it out here. 

silhouette of a person with a flashlight signing a light to illuminate the word "stigma"

Shining a light on a recurring problem, one campaign at a time.

Across this work, we’ve noticed a recurring theme, stigma. Stigma is a scourge that further oppresses and strains people’s lives. It makes people feel isolated and disconnected. It compromises access to the support and systems we all need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Stock photography has its limits

For years, we felt our work could be improved by custom photography. Having our audience see that other people, real people just like them, are taking charge of their HIV status is important.

Long Exposure: a look back at film

Chapin Hemmingway, CKs’ resident photographer, digs into the qualities of film over digital photography in our latest blog.