Sequoia Consulting is a woman-owned social enterprise focused on helping rural communities thrive. Sequoia Consulting provides resource development and new initiative support to rural jurisdictions, non-profits, and special districts. Rachael Maddock-Hughes, Principal and Founder, and Sherry DeLeon, Senior Consultant, have over 40 years of combined development and senior leadership experience. They have worked in rural communities across the U.S. and globally. Over the course of their careers, Rachael and Sherry have raised more than $55 million dollars through state and federal agencies, foundations, major donors, bequests, and corporations. Over the last two years, Sequoia Consulting has secured over $12M in funding for clients for economic recovery and long-term resiliency, ranging from emergency COVID-19 funding, to childcare, housing, small business support, LatinX community programming, community visual arts initiatives, broadband, long-term homelessness housing, economic development and more.
Rachael Maddock-Hughes has 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit, government and social enterprise sectors, with nearly a decade in senior leadership roles. She began her career as a humanitarian aid worker and has since worked for local nonprofits and government in the Pacific Northwest. Rachael has led numerous, successful multi-stakeholder partnerships, for communities around the globe and helped respond to emergencies from COVID-19 to conflict in Afghanistan. She is an experienced facilitator, fundraiser, partnership, and program development expert, with a background in impact design.
Sherry DeLeon has more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and education sectors. She began her career with the American Red Cross and has since worked for both large national nonprofits and small grassroots organizations, both in the United States and globally, as an Executive Director and lead for Development and Advancement activities. She has secured funding from federal foundations including NSF, Department of Education, Economic Development Agency, USDA, and Department of Labor. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina State University in the Leadership in the Public Sector Program for the past 12 years.
Aaron Moss a recent graduate of Portland State University where he studied political science, international relations, and conflict resolution. Aaron has interned for multiple state legislators and began his work in rural communities as a fellow with the national service organization Lead for America. For the past year, Aaron has coordinated and led the Morrow County Broadband Action Team in pursuit of expanding broadband access and promoting digital inclusion throughout Morrow County. The Morrow County BAT is represented by non-profit organizations, internet service providers, and government representatives at the city, county, state, and federal levels. Aaron is a skilled researcher, relationship builder, and enthusiast of drawing upon the experience and wisdom of those around him.