Recognized As:

A pioneer in KM processes, technology and collaborative behaviors.

A thought leader in knowledge retention and transfer strategy.

A consultant who delivers practical, sustainable solutions to global business challenges with measureable impact.

    Jeff Stemke

    Jeff Stemke

    Jeff Stemke is one of the rare practitioners who have successfully created, implemented and written about practical, proven ways to transfer knowledge and develop talent. After 35 years with Chevron, Jeff launched the Stemke Consulting Group; a practice that teaches clients at medium to large companies how to integrate knowledge transfer and talent management methods into their existing operations. These capabilities provide measureable value by accelerating competency, increasing workforce performance and minimizing disruption when key people retire.

    Clients confirm that Jeff knows how to make a difference in the way people seek, share and apply knowledge to improve operations, develop skills, innovate or just get work done faster and better. He was the chief architect of Chevron’s global knowledge management environment, including processes for communities of practice, skills mentoring and knowledge elicitation; collaboration tools to connect people to people and knowledge and behaviors to reinforce sharing. Jeff was also lead architect for Chevron's SharePoint roll-out, delivering collaboration, document management and social networking capabilities that provided a step change in the way information is managed.

    Jeff has delivered significant value for Chevron in knowledge management, operational excellence, capital stewardship, cost reduction and organizational capability. For example, he was influential in facilitating best practice transfer in the 1990’s that helped Chevron reduce operating costs by more than $2.5 billion per year. He designed a system to connect a global network of refinery engineers and operators to answer questions and share ideas that has so far generated over $100 million in cost savings. He mentored a team that delivered a similar system for global health, environment, reliability and safety communities, helping Chevron achieve world-class performance.

    Jeff has presented many of these success stories at international conferences and workshops including KM World, Braintrust and APQC. He has published a case study in “Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions”, edited chapters of the “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knowledge Management”, and published articles in KM Review, Ark Group, the Association of Mechanical Engineering and the Innovation Value Institute. Through these efforts, Chevron has been recognized as one of the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises. Jeff was honored with a Computerworld Hero’s Laureate award for improving the business value and social aspects of knowledge-sharing.

    Jeff holds a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from UC San Diego. He is an active member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the American Society for Training and Development.

    To learn more about how you can tap Jeff’s passion and expertise to achieve similar result in your organization, contact him at, visit or call 1.925.838.8650.


    • BS, Chemistry, UCLA (1971)
    • PhD, Organic Chemistry, UC San Diego (1975)
    • Post-doctoral research, Prof. Charles Overberger, University of Michigan


    • CPSquare. the community of practice for communities of practice (founding member)
    • Braintrust Conference advisory board (since 2002)
    • Knowledge Leadership Forum