About Melena Consulting Group

Melena Consulting Group is a California corporation and boutique leadership and management consulting and training company based in San Diego County, California. The company was birthed from Sylvia Melena’s desire to help build better workplaces.

Our Mission

Melena Consulting Group’s mission is to help organizations strengthen their leadership and management capabilities, create great workplaces, and improve performance. To advance our mission, we focus on:

  • Leadership and management development,
  • Employee engagement,
  • Performance management,
  • Team dynamics, and
  • Culture change.

Our Values

Sylvia believes that creating great workplaces and promoting accountability are not mutually exclusive. Instead, they are two complementary and essential ingredients for building high-performing organizations.

So, our values are simple:

  • LOVE – We love and value people. We don’t sacrifice the health, safety, or well-being of people for the sake of performance, achievement, or profit.
  • TRUTH – We’re open, transparent, and truthful in our all our work, even when the truth is uncomfortable.
  • JUSTICE We treat people with fairness, impartiality, dignity, and respect regardless of their status, position, or condition.
  • HOPE – We communicate the hope for a better tomorrow and mobilize people to achieve it.

About Sylvia Melena

Founder & CEO Sylvia Melena is a Latina entrepreneur, management consultant, award-winning author, and the daughter of Mexican immigrants.

She was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego, California. She is bilingual and bicultural, unapologetically embracing both her Mexican heritage and her American traditions, seamlessly blending the two.

She loves all people, regardless of their background or status and knows that we’re all equally valuable.


Sylvia earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Advertising Emphasis with a Minor in Sociology from San Diego State University. She holds a Certificate in Instructional Design (Design Learning) from the Association for Talent Development.

Management Experience

Prior to working full-time in her consultancy, Sylvia dedicated 26 years of her life to serving children, adults, and families through her work at the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and MAXIMUS, Inc., a health and human services consulting firm. Her career with the County spanned 25 years and included almost 20 years in the administration of public policy, operations, automation, quality assurance, compliance, budget, and contracts. She spent 14 of these years at the middle, senior and executive management levels.

As the Assistant Deputy Director for HHSA, Strategic Planning & Operational Support Division, Self-Sufficiency Programs, Sylvia had oversight of county-wide strategic planning, policy and program development, audit compliance, and performance management for HHSA’s public assistance and anti-poverty programs; HHSA’s centralized public assistance call center; and the San Diego region’s community action agency. The programs under her oversight served about half a million county residents a year.

As a Human Services Operations Manager and a Health and Human Services Administrator, she managed operations for several Family Resource Centers (public assistance offices) and the centralized call center. She managed workforces ranging from about 80 to nearly 300 employees. She also managed policy, operations, automation, and budget for the Child Care Program staffed by about 100 employees located in several offices throughout the County.

Sylvia has been privileged to lead the development and implementation of successful employee engagement and performance improvement efforts and large-scale initiatives throughout her career. She was unknowingly preparing for the work that lay ahead.


  • South, Central, and East San Diego County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee
  • San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter
  • Nonfiction Authors Association
  • Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Speakers Guild USA

Melena Consulting Group One-Page Brochure

Here’s our one-page brochure for busy executives.

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