Our new partner schools:

Randolph-Macon Academy

Marietta College

The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital

The Haverford School

What kind of poison is this?

Some poisons are killers.

Others—with the right application—act as a strengthener and protective agent.

Creosote is one of the others.

Don't let the name fool you.

Creosote Affects isn’t named specifically after Mr. Creosote, or the wood preservative, or the desert bush, or the toxin.

The name is meant to reflect the potency of our in-house talents and the effectiveness of our solutions. In a word, think “memorable.” We do feel like Mr. Creosote when institutions pay for bloated, overstaffed agency services that produce average results and mediocre creativity.

The difference is the difference.

Our most frequent (and most appreciated) compliment from clients? “You really get us!”

We really do. Because we take the time to immerse ourselves in your culture, find interest in your mission and listen. We don’t treat you like you’re typical—because you’re not. Creosote relishes joining your team to solve your most complex challenges. What makes us different? We work harder than any other firm in education. Period.


Creosote has produced results for educational institutions of all types and sizes throughout the country—from top-tier universities to faith-based independent schools.

Whether boosting open house numbers, increasing applications from right-fit students or raising millions for a capital campaign, Creosote is equal parts creative, strategic and innovative. We’ve proven many times that through research and analytical findings, you can uncover powerful ideas. Fuel them with unrivaled creativity and you can produce amazing results. We encourage you to read our case studies and speak with our references.