Working at the intersection of Information Management, Knowledge Management, and Information Security.
At FireOak Strategies (formerly Clobridge Consulting), we assess and evaluate organizations’ knowledge management and information security maturity; solve information governance challenges; develop strategies to bolster internal knowledge sharing and externally-focused information dissemination; and implement new initiatives in the areas of knowledge management, information management, and information security. We work with clients to support today’s challenges and prepare for the future by developing solutions that are sustainable, feasible, and appropriate.
Helping organizations harness the power of information and knowledge
What Sets Us Apart
Although many large consulting firms offer information and knowledge management services, we’re one of the only organizations focusing exclusively on knowledge management, information management, and information security.
We approach our work from a knowledge management perspective – which means we put people’s needs first and don’t let technology drive the decision-making process. We understand what’s a governance challenge, what’s a technology issue, and can identify when issues are more closely connected to organizational development.
We listen, we engage with members of your team, and we bring people together to come up with organizationally-appropriate, organizationally-developed solutions.
FireOak Strategies is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. In 2016, FireOak Strategies was named one of CIO Review’s 20 most-promising knowledge management solutions providers. FireOak Strategies is based out of Durham, in North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill research triangle region.
FireOak Strategies advises all types of organizations including international government organizations and NGOs, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and private sector companies. We have worked with clients all over the world and industries as varied as healthcare, pharmaceutical, insurance, travel, agriculture, and manufacturing. While some of our work for clients is confidential, we’re happy to discuss other projects in detail. Read more about selected recent projects.
About the Team
Abby Clobridge, Founder of FireOak Strategies & Consultant
FireOak Strategies (formerly Clobridge Consulting) was established in 2010 by Abby Clobridge, who also serves as the lead Knowledge Management consultant. Abby has been working in information and knowledge management for over fifteen years, with organizations including UN agencies, healthcare and public health organizations, CNN, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, libraries and publishers.
Abby has a Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. She has authored one book, two book chapters, over 50 articles, and many white papers and technical reports. Read more about Abby’s background and experience.
Eric Smith, Chief Technologist & Information Security Consultant
Before joining FireOak Strategies, Eric was working in higher education since 2004. Most recently, he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for a consortium of universities in central Pennsylvania. The shared-CISO initiative was designed to share knowledge, expertise, and experiences among the three institutions for issues related to information security, cybersecurity threats, IT, risk management, and compliance.
Eric has a number of industry certifications including ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), RedHat Linux Certified Engineer (RHCE), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Salesforce Certified Administrator among others. Eric also holds a Defcon Black Badge, awarded for winning the wireless security competition at the world’s largest and longest-operating information security conference.
With over twenty years of experience in information security, systems administration, and network engineering, Eric brings a wealth of strategic, tactical, and technical expertise to FireOak and our clients.
Heather Sullivan, Senior Communications Consultant
Heather Sullivan is FireOak’s senior communications consultant, specializing in internal and external communications, knowledge sharing, and curation. Heather has been working in the field of communications for nearly twenty years, using compelling content and inspiring storytelling to increase revenue and promote the policy work, brands, and missions of national nonprofits such as The Humane Society of the United States and Change.org, a B-corporation. Heather is based out of Washington, DC.
Mimi Krystel, Senior Project Manager
Mimi Krystel worked as a K-12 school administrator for more than 20 years before joining the FireOak Strategies team. Having served as Director of Library Services and Director of Development, she has extensive experience in fundraising, project management, and leading special events. Mimi has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s degree from Goucher College.
We work with client organizations from all over the world, most often with organizations based out of the United States, Europe, and Africa.