Aloha! We're MAPping Change,
and we're glad you're here.
We are a small, woman-owned, family-run business committed to helping the helpers of our community, from small place-based nonprofits to large public service organizations.
Our purpose is to help others navigate conflict, collaboration, and change in a way that builds their competence, confidence, and courage to live their best lives and serve the greatest good.
We are known for being culturally responsive; creative and high-quality; a quick study; advocates of equity and justice; comfortable with complexity; and accountable for results.
Marina Piscolish, Ph.D., ACC
Marina is founder of MAPping Change, LLC. Her work spans sectors from education to environment, diverse clients from single agencies or organizations to multi-phased, cross-cultural, cross-sector collaborations. Working coast to coast, as well as in Hawaii and the broader Pacific, Marina is passionate about culturally competent, customized support beyond training or facilitation to enhance implementation of agreements and needed changes. Her goal is to help create lasting systemic and structural change.
Marina taught for 10+ years as adjunct faculty for the University of Hawaii’s Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Originally from Pittsburgh PA, Marina has lived on Oʻahu since 1998. In the rare moments she's not thinking about changing the world through Conflict and Collaboration, she loves to put together creative meals from farmer's market finds while listening to a vinyl from her collection.
Connect with Marina on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/marina-piscolish/
Jessica Velez, M.P.A.
Jessica is a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and conflict coach who strives to promote effective communication and deeper understanding that lead to creative, inclusive, and sustainable change. She is passionate about bringing conflict management, effective communication, and crucial collaboration skills to groups and individuals who want to grow through their conflicts and come out stronger, closer, and better prepared for the future.
Before joining Marina at MAPping Change in the summer of 2021, Jessica was the coordinator of Delaware’s statewide Special Education Mediation Program in the Biden School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from the University of Delaware. She is pursuing a doctorate a Organizational Leadership for Adaptation and Change from the Chaminade University of Honolulu. Jessica is likely to be found creating and listening to a Spotify playlist that perfectly soundtracks her day or plucking her ukulele until her fingers hurt.
Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jessicalvelez
Our Extended 'Ohana
Lehua Lopez, M.A.
Lehua Lopez, a part Native Hawaiian, was born and raised in Honolulu. She received her bachelor’s degree in human development at the University of Hawai`i (Manoa) and received her master’s degree in cultural anthropology (specializing in Indigenous spirituality) at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). Ms. Lopez is a nonprofit consultant assisting environmental, cultural, health care and land-use planning organizations in Hawai`i and New Mexico.
As a collaborative colleague with MAPping Change for more than 15 years, she developed processes for non-Indigenous (especially governmental) officials to actively listen and understand culturally-different world views in order to collectively agree on effective strategies that could solve intractable dilemmas. She currently lives in Albuquerque where she continues to assist groups and organizations in their efforts to achieve their missions. She also teaches Hawaiian culture at a local halau hula, and, as a Hawaiian ‘aunty,’ helps young Latinx and Indigenous Americans who are coping with issues arising from the recent pandemic.