About

Connie photoClem Information Strategies (CIS) was founded by Connie Clem, an expert in corrections policy and communications who uses technology to solve information-sharing challenges for government and non-profit organizations. Connie enjoys making sense out of complex information and leveraging it to make a difference. (See fan mail.)

Connie makes jails and prisons safer and smarter by mobilizing actionable, positive information.

In her 30 years of service with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Clem conducted more than 50 research and analysis projects on diverse topics such as “direct supervision” jails and mental health services in U.S. prisons. She edited dozens of journal issues that shared more than 250 articles on best practices and good ideas, helping to sow ideas from one jurisdiction to another. She has written several by-lined articles and in 2010 published her first book, Government Online: Improving Service and Engaging Communities, from the Ark Group. Connie occasionally speaks to groups on topics such as leveraging the social media for positive visibility.

Clem launched her company in 2008 with the aim of continuing to make the corrections field safer and smarter. Connie describes herself as a “policy geek” and “information curator,” and she is drawn to issues that deserve to be better understood both by professionals and by community members. She has a NACI security clearance via the U.S. Department of Justice.

From 1981-1982, Connie was on the staff of U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD), where she juggled phones and responded to constituents’ questions about legislative issues. In 1982, she moved to the Office of Technology Assessment, a unit within the Library of Congress, supporting scientific teams in the exploration of food and resource policy issues and honing her editing and document development skills.

She arrived in Colorado to join the contract staff of the NIC Information Center in the library division. NIC’s aim is to advance effective, safe state and local corrections policy and practice by sharing the knowledge and ideas of those at the forefront of change. Connie’s role expanded steadily to comprise survey research, database design, publishing, website development, and online support for more than 5,000 corrections professionals in specialized communities of practice, as well as proposal development and project management.

Now in private practice, Connie connects people with information so they can create change through better performance and better understanding.

Connie supports several organizations in the corrections/public safety field and recently concluded a term as President of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (www.aiip.org). She was the recipient of AIIP’s 2009 President’s Award. She has lent her volunteer time to several professional associations, launching an award-winning webinar series for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

Ms. Clem earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of South Dakota. She has continued to pursue education and training in web design and administration, HTML, and other communications- and technology-related subjects.

When not at work, Connie is an avid backyard botanist, focusing on American native plants that thrive and provide beauty in the semi-arid Colorado Front Range climate. She also enjoys travel, camping, hiking, river trips, and a regular yoga practice. She reminisces – at least for the time being – about her days as a record-setting swimmer, before a shoulder injury quashed the butterflying and all those 400 I.M.s. She has two daughters, two dogs, and one spouse.

 

Connie with Maximillian's sunflower (helianthus maximiliani) Connie with Maximillian’s sunflower (helianthus maximiliani)

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