Lee Kelley

Man in SuitLee Kelley, BA
Managing Editor and Director of Training
Senior Executive Coach & Writer
Master Federal Career Advisor
Veteran Transition Expert
Master Federal/Military Resume Writer

Lee Kelley is the most senior member of CPG’s writing team, and he serves on the company’s executive staff as Managing Editor and Director of Training. With 25+ years of diverse professional experience, he is a highly sought-after executive writer and coach who has personally assisted nearly 1,000 military, federal, and private-sector clients, spanning numerous government and private agencies, as well as all branches of the military.

Lee works with job seekers at all levels, but most of his clients are senior government employees (GS-14/15s), senior military field grade/flag officers (such as Colonels and Generals), and corporate executives. A prolific writer, Lee has developed more than 800 resumes and over 3,000 Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Technical Qualification (TQ) essays.

Lee is also a U.S. Army veteran who spent half of his time in the service on active duty and the rest in the National Guard, working his way from Private (E1) up to Captain (O3). From 2005 to 2006, he was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, for a year, where he managed all communications technology for a 600-person organization in combat. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for exemplary service in Iraq, and, upon returning home, he was promoted to Captain and assigned as Company Commander of 275 soldiers.

A couple of years later, Lee decided to leave the military to focus more on his family and pursue his passion for writing and empowering others. With his unique blend of versatile communication, leadership, creativity, and contagious optimism, Lee is exactly the kind of writer and coach you want in your corner.

He now stands ready to partner with you in developing, editing, or providing individual and/or agency training in:

  • ECQs writing and editing
  • TQs writing and critiquing
  • Senior Executive Service (SES) Resumes
  • Military Transition Resumes
  • Federal Government Applications and Resumes
  • Private-Sector Resumes
  • Cover Letters


  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing


  • Co-author of Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service, Second Edition (2020)
  • Co-author of Roadmap to Federal Jobs (2018)
  • Co-author of The Key: A Modern Tale of Self Discovery (2017)
  • Co-author of Inside Marine One, St. Martin’s Press (2014)
  • Co-author of Roadmap to Job-Winning Military to Civilian Resumes (2011)
  • Co-author of Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service (2010)
  • Author of The Authorized Biography of Brigadier General Richard E. Fisher (2009)
  • Author of Fire in the Night: Essays from an Iraq War Vet (2008)
  • For several years, contributed monthly articles with expert advice to Fedmanager.com, a digital newsletter with over 75K subscribers