We are a consulting team based in Southern California.  We choose to work with community based organizations committed to improving the lives of residents living in underserved communities. We build their organizational capacity in order to achieve their mission.

Mariano Diaz

IMG_9649Mariano Diaz serves as Grant Advisor to the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation and its Board of Directors. Mariano has over 35 years of experience of nonprofit management and development including strategic planning, program design and evaluation, and fund development in the areas of comprehensive community development, affordable housing, health access and service, youth, and child development.

Mariano has also worked as senior management in the private and public sector including LISC, Nike, Nestle, The California Endowment, Blue Cross, and the San Diego Foundation. Mariano now leads his own consulting firm of R&M Consulting Group specializing in nonprofit management and development.

Mariano is a certified Trainer in Grantsmanship and has his BA Degree in Combined Social Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Masters Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard School of Education.

Mariano “Pops” Gregorio Diaz


Mariano “Pops” Gregorio Diaz is Director of Social Media for R&M Consulting Group with responsibility for the design and implementation of effective strategies to create internet awareness, action, and solutions to community issues.

Mariano embraces a combined qualitative and quantitative approach to research, policy, and problem solving regarding the societal inequalities of race, class, and gender. Updating this approach he utilizes social media’s direct impact to disrupt and influence ideas, conversation, and behavior.  Mariano employs popular culture, music, arts, and relevant generational attitudes in his research of strategies, programs, and messaging for solutions.

Mariano has his BA Degree in Sociology from St. John’s University in New York and his Master of Arts Degree in Advanced Research/Sociology from St. John’s University.

We are dedicated to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to effectively compete for private and public funds with a focus on urban and rural communities in the South West.

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