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About Us

A bit of information about FireOak Strategies (formerly Clobridge Consulting)

We work at the intersection of Information Management, Knowledge Management, and Information Security.

At FireOak Strategies (formerly Clobridge Consulting), we help clients: assess and evaluate current information, knowledge management, and information security maturity, practices, processes, workflows, and infrastructure; solve information governance challenges; develop strategies to bolster internal knowledge sharing and externally-focused information dissemination; and implement new initiatives across these areas. 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

About FireOak Strategies

What Sets Us Apart

Although many of the large consulting firms offer information and knowledge management services, we’re one of the only organizations focusing exclusively on this area. FireOak Strategies was founded in 2010 as Clobridge Consulting. In 2016, we changed our name to reflect our growth and future directions.

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. Read more about our approach.

Recent Projects

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.

Abby ClobridgeAbby 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. We are a woman-owned and operated small business based out of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. 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 chapters, nearly 50 articles, and many white papers and technical reports. Read more about Abby’s background and experience.

Eric Smith

Chief Technologist & Information Security Consultant

Eric has been working in higher education since 2004. In 2013, he was appointed to a new position to serve 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) 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.

Eric joined the FireOak Strategies team in early 2016. 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.

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