Elaine Abelaye-Mateo

Principal Consultant


Elaine Abelaye-Mateo is an innovative social change executive with a passion for building meaningful relationships to create social good. Recognized as one of Sacramento Magazine’s 15 People to Watch, Ms. Abelaye-Mateo is known for her forward-thinking and strategic approaches towards solving community problems.

As the former Executive Director of Asian Resources, Inc., a Sacramento-based workforce development nonprofit , Ms. Abelaye-Mateo led a team of 25 employees, three offices, thirteen contracts and a $2M budget.

In 2011, Ms. Abelaye-Mateo was awarded the inaugural Equity Award from the Coalition on Regional Equity (a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance) and in 2008, Ms. Abelaye was awarded the Community Reinvestment Act Panther Award by the California Reinvestment Coalition.

Ms. Abelaye-Mateo has served on the Board of several non-profit organizations and is currently serving on the Sacramento Region Community Foundation Community Impact Committee of the Board, and the Philippine National Day Association.

Julian Ramos

Administrative Assistant


Hello all, my name is Julian Ramos.

I am overjoyed to join Everyday Impact Consulting as its new administrative assistant. In this role, I will strive to support the organization’s mission of helping to build a strong movement toward systems change to ensure equity for our communities.

I was born and raised in South Sacramento, alongside two older sisters. The memories of growing up and my community inspired me as a lower-income first-generation college student to imagine and aspire for a more equitable home for all through social policy leading to institutional change.

As a result, I got involved in establishing an after- school tutoring program for at-risk students at Sutter Middle School and working as student researcher for Globus Mundi, Cosumnes River Colleges’ international relations journal. 

At the University of California, Berkeley where I also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, I worked as a research assistant analyzing police-civilian encounters in professor Nikki Jones’ lab.

With Everyday Impact Consulting, I will continue to work toward engaging in positive systems change, while growing professionally.”


Vince Sales

Fund Development Consultant


Vince has more than 28 years of combined experience in higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic foundations. In his various roles, he has built programs and provided oversight for marketing, strategic communications, media relations, government and community relations, and fundraising campaigns.

In fundraising, he has extensive experience in campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, annual
giving, as well as corporate and foundation relations. He served as vice president for university advancement at Sacramento State and Sonoma State University where he was also president of its philanthropic foundation. Previously, Vince worked at San Francisco State University as campaign director. And, during Stanford University’s The Stanford Challenge campaign, Vince worked with major and principal gift donors in the Asian/Pacific region—the university’ largest overseas market.

As a consultant, he has provided services for a number of non-profit organizations, including
CompassPoint, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Asian Pacific Fund, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. Vince has served on the board of directors of Sacramento non-profits and civic organizations, and nationally through the Asian and Pacific Americans in Higher Education. He is a senior
fellow with the American Leadership Forum (Mountain Valley Chapter).

He completed his designation as a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving from the American
Institute for Philanthropic Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Vince earned his
BA in Mass Communications (with high distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley
and an MPA (non-profit administration emphasis) from San Francisco State University. He is
currently working on a graduate certificate in Arts Administration at the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst.


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Justin Rausa

Policy Consultant


Justin has served as an effective legislative and regulatory advocate over the last decade in California. He has advanced bills into laws as the Policy Director for Roots of Change to expand access to nutrition incentives, and as lead staffer on Assistant Majority Leader Rob Bonta's money bail reform efforts in 2017-18.

Over the years, Justin has advised multi-sectoral statewide coalitions as well as local initiatives in the Bay Area. In the Capitol, he has experience in diverse issues ranging from public safety to agriculture, labor to health and human services, including as staff to the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. Justin's career in policy and advocacy are rooted in the community organizing work that preceded it, and has served as chair and commissioner to the Alameda County Public Health Commission and as delegate to the Oakland Food Policy Council.

He is a proud alum of UC Riverside, and obtained a Master of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Justin also served in the Peace Corps where he met his wife, Colleen.


Maikhou Thao

Administrative Assistant


Maikhou Thao is a recent graduate from California State University, Chico with a BA in Sociology. She is passionate and dedicated to social justice and activism that creates change within underrepresented and marginalized communities. 

Maikhou began her career serving in various leadership roles on campus. As a proud alumnus of the Chico Upward Bound program, Maikhou dedicated her first year of college to giving back by tutoring low-income, first generation high school students. She also served with the Community Action Volunteers in Education program and as vice president of the Hmong Student Association. The Association promotes higher education and awareness of the Hmong culture and community.  Through her work in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Maikhou coordinated programs serving underrepresented students and advocated for diversity and leadership at Chico State. 

In the summer of 2016, Maikhou interned with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington D.C., working on national policies focusing on the political engagement and advocacy on behalf of AAPI communities. She then became a North State Ambassador through the Office of Admissions and provided education to local high school students throughout northern California about higher education opportunities. Upon receiving the 2017 University Award for the Enhancement of Multicultural Understanding, Maikhou continues to strive for success in building more diverse and inclusive communities for the future.