Our Team

 

Elaine Abelaye-Mateo

Principal Consultant

elaine@everydayimpactconsulting.com

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.

MaiKa Yang

Senior Consultant

maika@everydayimpactconsulting.com

Ms. Yang has over 20 years of experience working with refugee and immigrant groups, nonprofit and private agencies in the areas of leadership and organization development, program design and delivery, culture and diversity trainings as well as public policy and community relations.

Recently, she served as a consultant working  with The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities statewide initiative on policy advocacy and strategic communications campaigns to advance the health outcomes of 14 communities across California. Ms.Yang formerly served as executive director of Stone Soup Fresno, a nonprofit agency serving Fresno’s Southeast Asian community.

Ms. Yang received an undergraduate degree in community and regional development from the University of California at Davis and a Master's Degree in leadership studies from Fresno Pacific University. She has served as vice chair of the California Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs and a board member of the Central California Asian Pacific Women.


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Vince Sales

Fund Development Consultant

vince@everydayimpactconsulting.com

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.

 

 Catherine "Cat" Nou  Adviser  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.

Catherine "Cat" Nou

Adviser

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.

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Maikhou Thao

Administrative Assistant

maikhou@everydayimpactconsulting.com

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.