Vaya Consulting offers the following services to for-profit and non-profit entities:

  • Training on communications, diversity, and management issues;
  • Development of recruitment, retention and promotion strategies for employees from under-represented backgrounds:
  • Crisis management in personnel/HR matters; and
  • Strategic planning on organizational culture.

If you are facing a particular challenge that you don’t see described above, feel free to contact us for a free initial consultation. Visit the HIRE US page for more information.

Nicole SanchezVaya Consulting is led by Nicole Sanchez, an organizational culture and management professional with 20 years of experience. She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where she studied the history of race and class relations in the U.S.  Nicole also earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior.

A self-described “people and culture geek,” Nicole spent several years at the Kapor Center for Social Impact where she served as Managing Partner.  She has worked in both the public and private sectors on issues of engaging marginalized communities in education access, technology, and civic participation. Nicole firmly believes that all work should be enjoyable, fulfilling, and dignified.
Twitter: @nmsanchez



In May of 2015, Vaya welcomed Ellie Tumbuan as Principal/ Lead Consultant, bringing with her 15 years of experience in private, public, and non-profit sector organizational management. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA with an emphasis in Urban and Strategic Management. Ellie is a 2015 New Leaders Council Fellow and the former Director of Impact at Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. She is passionate about tech and is a founding member of Open Oakland’s executive management team, a leading civic innovation organization that builds open source civic tech tools for social impact and supports open government initiatives. Ellie firmly believes that diverse organizations cultivate stronger workforces that attract top talent and produce better outcomes.
Twitter: @ellietumbuan


Jonathan Brack comes to Vaya with 15 years of experience in education and workforce development initiatives that focus on creating pathways for underrepresented minorities into academia and industry. As founding Director of the Berkeley Scholars to Cal (BSC) program, Jonathan created an innovative academic-mentoring program for Black and Latino youth resulting in a 93% college-going rate. Jonathan also served as the Director of Workforce Development for the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) where he led the organization’s efforts to increase the pipeline of diverse, qualified workers into the education sector. Most recently, Jonathan was Sr. Program Manager at CODE2040 where he lead program development, research and evaluation, campus recruitment and candidate selection for the Fellows Program. Jonathan is a two-time Cal Bear, studying History as an undergraduate and Education in graduate school at UC Berkeley. Originally from Sacramento, he now lives in Oakland with his wife Emmile, daughter Layla and son Marcus.