About Us

Mariely Rivera-Hernandez, MA


A prominent change-maker and public policy influencer, experienced in developing and leading local non-profits as well as higher-education institutions and a local publication. She adds value to our clients through innovation, leadership and strategic planning as well as her extensive experience in Federal Grants Management and her successful track record for the past 19 years.

She has developed innovative learning and leadership projects in the areas of education, social services, and health as former executive director for the Chana and Samuel Levis Foundation and Sapientis. Rivera-Hernández spearheaded projects and programs sponsored by a diverse array of funding sources, including federal and local government, foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Her leadership has been instrumental for local recovery efforts and social impact projects, especially after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. An active leader within the community with a strong network and solid reputation. Rivera-Hernandez continuous search for excellence and innovation motivated her to complete professional certifications in Design Thinking Consulting and Social Media Coaching which translates into a competitive edge for your organization. 

Mariely is an active fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders national program. The program fosters collaboration between people from all fields and professions that have an influence on people’s health to build just and thriving communities.


Ernesto Villarini-Baquero, MBA


Senior advisor in economic development and executive management with over 18 years of experience leading successful organizations. His expertise includes impact investing, grant writing, and strategic planning activities for non-profits and social enterprises.

Villarini-Baquero is a dedicated professional serving at various committees and boards, such as Consultiva Wealth Management’s Investment Strategy Committee; the Association for Finance Professionals, Puerto Rico chapter; and the Bosque Modelo de Puerto Rico Trust. He’s also a Registered Investment Advisor for Consultiva Wealth Management and an Entrepreneurship Fellow at Babson College.

Villarini-Baquero holds an MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His passion for socially motivated enterprises has inspired him to pursue a Doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Non-profit Finance.


Zildalee Díaz, MBA

Business administration professional with 20+ years of experience with nonprofit organizations. Vast experience y managing and administering projects with a focus on accountability, business intelligence, data management and social networks. Zildalee has a master’s in business and digital marketing, and has completed professional certifications in conflict mediation, educational technology and distance education. Her certification in Social and Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at the University of Illinois, in Chicago, stands out among these.



Inés Rivera


Social Work professional with over 25 years of experience in non-profit organizations in the areas of health, housing and education. She's a well-rounded professional whose career has taken her from direct service, supervision, management and administration to executive management. 


She brings a vast experience in program design and direction, grant writing, implementation and evaluation from her experience in various organizations. Her commitment and dedication becomes evident as she completes her doctoral studies in research and social policy at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras.



Having been employed for almost 20 years in both commercial and non-profit work settings, it was time for us to combine our talents and experiences to create our own management consulting firm that can bring a different, transformational and unique approach for your company or organization.

It is time to replicate, in as many organizations as we can, the proven models that have worked in our previous endeavors. We’ve developed a service model that is client-centric and focused on results, impact and demonstrating positive change.

Thus, ChangeMaker Consultants LLC was born.




We offer 40 years of combined experience at the core of our consulting services which elevate your competitive advantage in management, governance and strategic decision making.

Also, our expertise in executive leadership differentiates and positions our consulting team, as effective ChangeMakers.




To promote the development of viable solutions to the challenges faced by leaders and entrepreneurs at nonprofits, social enterprises and socially responsible corporate initiatives, generating impact with transparency and the use of best practices.



To propel a vibrant industry of non-profit entities and social enterprises that are agents of change, add value to society and operate with transparency and efficiency.



  • Inclusion

We treasure differences and talents to achieve the best possible outcome in a diverse world.

  • Creativity

We maximize the imagination to discover and find the best solution to the presented problem.

  • Persistence

We adapt processes to changes and challenges to achieve the outlined objectives.