About Us

Working at the intersection of content, technology, and business

About Clarke & Esposito

Founded in 2018 from the merger of Clarke & Company and Processed Media, Clarke & Esposito is a boutique management consulting firm concentrating on strategic consulting services related to professional and academic publishing and information services

What We Do

Our clients turn to Clarke & Esposito for assistance with the development of new information products and services, the development of business strategies to increase growth, review and assessment of existing operations, evaluation of strategic vendors and partners, and to gain a better understanding of and engagement with their customers and other stakeholders.

Who We Work With

We work with professional associations and societies, universities and university presses, software companies, commercial publishers, and other organizations that create, curate, or disseminate professional and scholarly information.

Our People

Michael Clarke

Managing Partner

Michael’s experience spans both the publishing and software industries, with a focus on developing, delivering, and marketing information products for professionals. Prior to cofounding Clarke & Esposito, he served as executive vice president of product and market development at Silverchair Information Systems, a software company providing publishing tools and platforms to STM publishers, professional associations, and the federal government. At the American Medical Association (AMA), Michael served as director of marketing and product development and director of international business. At the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), he was senior managing editor of scholarly journals and executive editor of the journal Pediatrics. Prior to his tenure at AAP, Michael worked at the University of Chicago Press, developing some of the industry’s first online publications.

Michael holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is a prolific author and speaker and a frequent contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen, a popular online publication affiliated with the Society for Scholarly Publishing that brings together differing opinions, commentary, and ideas from across the publishing spectrum.

Joe Esposito

Senior Partner

Joe Esposito is a management consultant specializing in strategy in the areas of digital media, publishing, and education technology. Joe’s areas of expertise include strategic assessments, RFP management, operating reviews, channel strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and interim management for both book and journal publishing programs.

Joe served as CEO of three companies—Encyclopaedia Britannica, Tribal Voice (an early startup focused on instant messaging), and SRI Consulting (a research and technical consulting company associated with Stanford University), all of which he led to successful exits for their investors. He has been the recipient of grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, and Hewlett Foundations, all concerning research into new aspects of publishing. Until its recent purchase by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Meta. Joe graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and was the recipient of master’s and M.Phil. degrees.

Pam Harley


Pam combines an execution-focused drive with a strategic perspective gained from 20+ years in STM publishing. Experience in both publishing and software development has given her a panoramic view into the challenges and opportunities facing those developing professional content today. Before joining Clarke & Esposito, Pam served as product strategist for Silverchair Information Systems, helping clients develop digital products and grow their business. Pam also led Silverchair’s Semedica division, developing a set of semantic technologies and services for the application of semantic metadata to STM content.

At the American Psychiatric Association, Pam directed electronic publishing strategy and product development. She was the architect of PsychiatryOnline, one of the industry’s first digital products to integrate reference books, textbooks, journals, self-assessment, and other content types on a single platform. Education in biology and a stint as a research assistant at Duke University engendered a passion for scientific communication and gave her insight into the information needs of scientists and researchers. Pam serves on the steering committee for ALPSP North America. She is a graduate of Duke University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and psychology.

Our Mission & Mark

The mission of Clarke & Esposito is to help our clients navigate the currents and winds of the professional and scholarly information marketplace. We chose an albatross for our mark as ships lost at sea have long been known to follow this winged traveler to land and safety. The albatross is regarded by mariners as a symbol of good fortune and a guide in uncertain waters—and the waters many organizations find themselves sailing through today are nothing if not uncertain.

What We Believe

Professional and scholarly information has the power to transform individuals, organizations, and society. The stakes are higher with professional and scholarly information than with other areas of human knowledge creation. This is where the heavy lifting takes place, where the intellectual, scientific, and technological scaffolding is built that supports individual decisions, organizational strategies, and national policies.

Products should be built around user needs, not organizational silos. User workflows are evolving around mobile devices, global discovery systems, and an expanding constellation of tools for collaboration. We help our clients better understand the needs and expectations particular to their customers and design products and strategies for today’s hyper-connected environment.

In a fast-moving market, being “risk averse” can be the riskiest course of action. If your market is changing direction, staying the course can create far more risk than adapting to evolving user needs and the changing currents of the marketplace. We help our clients better understand user needs and market directions and develop practical solutions that address both.

One size does not fit all. This is true of business models, enterprise strategies, user needs, pricing strategies, and nearly every other facet of today’s information marketplace. It is also true of the solutions we develop at Clarke & Esposito, each of which is a response to the unique set of circumstances, needs, and objectives brought by our clients.

The pace of technological change has made strategy more, not less, important than ever. While the era of the five-year strategic plan and sustained competitive advantage may be a thing of the past, strategy itself remains vital. We approach strategy as a framework of priorities and decisions that help organizations determine what they will focus on, how they will be successful, and what capabilities they need in order to thrive.