Our Core Values
mano-Y-ola’s values define the culture we encourage, the standards we expect, and the principles that strengthen our team efforts. The five guiding principles of our team are:
We listen because we value every person and we are open to the possibility of change;
We share knowledge, information and experience with those who benefit;
We support a responsibility culture, not a blame culture;
We are motivated to enhance our capacity to satisfy the clients’ purpose and goals;
We focus on the job, not ego.
We have successfully supported organizations whose internal structures and systems resist implementation of programs that fall outside of their standard modus operandi.
We embrace and have put into action an “outside of the box” thinking that allows programs to develop and/or tailor their mission, vision and services to a changing demographic and community.
We leverage additional resources and opportunities that the organization has not identified and applied, allowing increased capacity for achieving success.
We are experienced in linking advocacy and service, allowing nonprofit organizations to gain credibility, stay relevant and acquire funding for expansion.
mano-Y-ola offers different fee schedules, which may include time commitment services or consulting contracts based on specific projects. Our rates take into consideration in-kind and matching needs of nonprofits.
Clients & Partners
Over the past years we have worked with many diverse, interesting, and reputable companies whose services make a difference to people all over the world.
mano-Y-ola is a minority and female-owned consulting firm based in North Carolina with team members and offices in Mississippi, Puerto Rico, California, Texas, Louisiana, and the Netherlands. The company (formerly known as Nolo Consulting, LLC) was founded by Dr. Nolo Martinez (“Nolo”) in 2009 and is co-owned by Dr. Nolo Martinez and Maya McElrath, who have 45 years of combined experience in the fields of leadership, education, family services, social work, and community development. mano-Y-ola’s team is diverse in background, ranging from team members with experience in civic engagement, administration, the arts, communication and advertising, social work and case management, education, international relations, business administration and law, agricultural business, and agronomy.
mano-Y-ola’s focus areas are early childhood education programs, minority and immigrant farmer communities, and leadership development. Consulting services and programs include designing and completing comprehensive community assessments, effective strategic planning, grant evaluation, planning, and implementing outreach and advocacy activities. The company’s mission is to help each individual professional love what they do.