Our Team


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.

Catherina 'Cat' Nou

Policy Consultant


Catherina “Cat” Nou has been a public policy leader for a decade. She previously served as Chief of Staff for a California State Assemblymember. Prior to joining the California State Assembly, Cat worked as the California Policy Advocate for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) where she focused on policies impacting Southeast Asian Americans in California.  

Cat was recognized for her work advancing the human rights of Cambodian women and girls with the Courage and Leadership Award by Devata Giving Circle.

Cat currently serves as the Chair of the SEARAC Board of Directors and Chair of the Cultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair/Cal Expo.  She is the co-founder of Khmer Youth of Modesto (KYOM) and is the daughter and sister of refugees from Cambodia.  Her family also established the “Nou Sarin and Sum Sim Leang Scholarship” in honor of their parents’ sacrifices, an annual scholarship awarded to high school students. 

She graduated from the University of California, Davis and later obtained a Master of Arts in Higher Education at Sacramento State.

SubcontRactor Team



Hau was the former Executive Director at the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA). His experiences include providing direct social services for high risk youth, homeless families, and persons with disabilities in program operations and supervision. He also works with county agencies, state government, non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, underserved communities, and consultants with technical expertise.


Janice Whiting 

Janice is one of the founders and co-creators of ICOM4, her expertise lies in strategic planning and execution, identify what companies need to do to take their business to the next level. Her previous consulting work has helped companies build strong performance cultures by working closely with executive and management teams to build the resources to achieve higher profits, ranging from planning, problem-solving, management development, structural change, and continuous improvement.