Shirley Speidell Joins Strategics Consulting Team

Shirley Speidell

Shirley Speidell is an independent consultant with over twenty-five years of experience in federal lobbying and Congressional staff work. Shirley has lobbied on behalf of local governments, American Indian tribes and water districts on issues ranging from water infrastructure, energy and environment to telecommunications, technology and taxation.

Her Capitol Hill experience includes working for U.S. Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Robert Packwood (OR), and U.S. Representative Linda Smith (WA). Shirley served as professional staff for a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Tech specializing in technology, environment, and energy issues. She also worked in the Oregon State Senate.

Leslie Mozingo, CEO of Strategics Consulting, welcomes Shirley enthusiastically to the team stating, “I’ve known Shirley for nearly 20 years as both a trusted colleague and dear friend. She possesses a unique set of skills, well-honed political instincts and a strong work ethic, traits that make her an asset to any team and a perfect fit for Strategics.”

“I’m excited to be part of Strategics.” Shirley said, adding, “My passion has always been helping local governments provide valuable services to their citizens. Strategics Consulting is an outstanding organization that does precisely that. Together we will continue to build on their standard of excellence and record of success.”



Leslie Mozingo regularly publishes articles in the NCACC County Quarterly magazine

Leslie Mozingo regularly publishes articles in the NCACC County Quarterly magazine on important issues that impact all 100 counties in the State of North Carolina.







Grant Writing 101Participating in “Grant Writing 101: How to Write a Grant That Wins!” by DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing will provide you with the basic knowledge and understanding of what elements go into a successful grant application once you have identified an opportunity you want to apply for. REGISTER HERE






Grant Writing 101Participating in “Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)” by DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing will give you the basic steps necessary to successfully write a compelling letter of inquiry whether in a limited online form, two page hard copy letter, or anything in between. REGISTER HERE






NCACC CountyCastDuring a recent episode of CountyCast, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioner’s podcast, Government Relations Director Amber Harris interviewed Leslie Mozingo and Jim McCleskey, Director of the NC Washington Office for Governor Roy Cooper, on COVID-19 issues. Listen Here




Ron HammRon Hamm Named Alumni of the Year: Cameron School of Business: UNCW
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) Cameron School of Business (CSB) annually recognizes alumni who have achieved honor and distinction within their professional or personal lives. The awards are presented at the CSB Outstanding Alumni event during Business Week in the spring. Strategics Senior Advisor Ron Hamm has received this prestigious award. Read more about Ron Hamm’s Outstanding Alumni Award here.




Southern Regional Grant ConferenceThere is also an early bird special through January 31st for the Southern Regional Grant Conference:

The Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina Chapters of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) are joining forces for the 2020 Southern Regional Grant Conference: Connecting Our Communities. Held in Greenville, South Carolina on Thursday-Friday, April 23-24, 2020, this conference will bring together grant professionals from the nonprofit, government, education, and consulting sectors. REGISTER HERE




Leslie Mozingo, Owner and CEO of Strategics Consulting, Leading Grants Workshop Hosted by Centralina Council of Governments

GrantsOn Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Leslie Mozingo, Strategics Consulting’s owner and CEO, is leading a grants workshop for those seeking to make their federal funding applications more competitive. Leslie will share her expertise on understanding the federal funding process, how to search for grants that fit local priority projects, how to prepare documents, and more. To request Leslie for a grants workshop in your area, contact her at or call her at (202) 255-5760. Flyer



FAA Awards $9.3 Million Grant for Safety Improvements for Statesville Airport

City of Statesville North Carolina

May, 2019: The City of Statesville, NC, has been awarded a substantial federal investment by the Federal Aviation Administration in the Statesville Airport. This is just one example where Strategics made the difference. We brought the competitive grant opportunity to the City’s attention, worked with the City throughout the application process, developed and implemented the political strategy, communicated and coordinated with stakeholders and congressional offices, and more. Congratulations Statesville! Full Story


Amy Kirschbaum, Government Affairs and Legislative Specialist

Amy KirschbaumStrategics Consulting is excited to announce the addition of Amy Ward Kirschbaum to the legislative team. Amy first began her career on Capitol Hill where she worked as a legislative aide in the office of the late Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr. from Florida. She also was primary staff for the U.S. Congressional Sunbelt Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of 150 Southerners in the House of Representatives. Her primary issues were the environment, energy and transportation.

Amy and Leslie first started working together in 1988 when Leslie was hired to be the Congressman’s receptionist. They have been friends ever since, with Amy even traveling all the way from Oregon to attend Leslie’s South Florida wedding to husband Hank in 1999. “In life you meet people where you have an opportunity to help change their lives, and then you meet people who help change yours. Amy is definitely the latter, and I could not be happier to have the joy of working with her again,” said Leslie Mozingo, owner and CEO of Strategics Consulting.
In 1992, Amy left DC and moved west to Oregon where she continued her career in public affairs with jobs in the state transportation department and with a regional government, working on parks and open spaces issues. Most recently, Amy was the Executive Director of a nonprofit advocating for and supporting women with ovarian cancer.

Amy grew up in Broward County, FL and earned BA in Public Policy from Duke University in Durham, NC.


Debra Bryant Recognized in MPA Spotlight by North Carolina State University

Debra BryantStrategics Consulting’s business partner, Debra Bryant, has been recognized in the Alumni Spotlight for NC State’s School of Public and International Affairs Master of Public Affairs program. Debra has been a long-time friend and professional colleague of Strategics’ owner Leslie Mozingo, and continues to partner with Leslie and her firm on joint client work. To read the highlight, visit the school site.





Leslie Mozingo, the Owner and CEO of Strategics Consulting, LLC Presenting Best Practices In Grantsmanship at  Grants Professional Association Workshop

Leslie Mozingo

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, Leslie Mozingo, Strategics Consulting’s owner and CEO, will be presenting on Best Practices in Grantsmanship to the North Carolina Chapter of the Grants Professional Association during a workshop in Charlotte, NC.  

Specifically, Leslie will share her expertise on understanding the federal funding process as it relates to competing for federal grants.

The North Carolina chapter of Grants Professional Association (GPA) is comprised of grant professionals from across the state working in a variety of sectors, including local and state government, education, and healthcare. The chapter is working to grow grantsmanship in North Carolina and is committed to carrying out GPA’s mission to serve the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. For more information on Grants Professionals Association, visit If you would like additional information about the North Carolina Chapter, please contact Chapter President Rebekah Ricardo at (336) 773-7783 or email her at