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The Consero Solutions team is passionate about developing solutions to tough problems through collaborative processes and delivering exceptional services. Our open and honest communication with each other, our clients, and the public builds trust and improves the team's ability to achieve desired outcomes. 

Petrea Marchand

Founder and President

Petrea Marchand founded Consero Solutions in Davis, California after more than a decade working at all three levels of government—local, state, and federal. Her public policy specialty areas include natural resources, agriculture, transportation, regulatory reform, water supply and quality, and flood management.


Prior to starting Consero Solutions, Petrea served as the Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs for Yolo County, responsible for furthering the county's state and federal legislative and fiscal priorities. She also served as the county's first Water Resources Coordinator. During her tenure with Yolo County, she helped secure millions of dollars from the state and federal government for key County projects and changes to state laws and policies to improve County operations and increase revenue.


Before Petrea joined Yolo County, she worked on land use, agriculture, and environmental issues in the state Legislature, at a think tank, and in President Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget. She also worked for an economic consulting firm on issues related to the agricultural and telecommunications industries and for a nonprofit environmental law firm.


Marchand has a master's degree in Public Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, as well as a bachelor's degree from Pomona College. Her training is in resource economics and water resources management, as well as government administration. She is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Danaka DeBow

Principal Consultant

Avaree Dunn

Executive Assistant


As a Principal Consultant, Danaka works with clients to achieve their unique policy and project goals from concept to completion. Prior to her time at Consero, Danaka worked in the environmental consulting field specializing in communicating science-based technical information related to environmental policy implementation to local partners and members of the public.


Danaka graduated Magna Cum Laude with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Development from the University of California, Davis and with a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy where she earned the Dean's Certificate of Merit for being in the top 5% of her class.


Danaka grew up in Tucson, Arizona and the San Fernando Valley, and is now proud to call Sacramento home. She particularly appreciates the area’s many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and especially likes biking, hiking, and rock climbing.   

As an Executive Assistant, Avaree works closely with Consero staff to provide communication and organizational support. Avaree assists with office efficiency and collaborates on client projects while maintaining the schedule of the President. 

In 2019, Avaree graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University. In 2021, she received her Master’s Certificate in Transition to Teaching from Taylor University. Before her role at Consero Solutions, she worked as an elementary teacher, focusing on creating a collaborative and community-based learning environment. 

Avaree is passionate about rural community restoration and development. She provides pro-bono services through her Interior Design business to help restore and revitalize areas in her hometown.  Avaree enjoys interior design, cooking, travelling, and spending time outdoors with her dogs when not at work.  

Ella Manashil

Associate Consultant

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Natalie McDonald
Associate Consultant

As an Associate Consultant, Ella supports Consero’s project managers by completing tasks and managing timelines to keep projects moving forward. She provides redundancy in Consero’s project management process to ensure work products meet Consero’s high standards for quality and no tasks crucial to a project’s success fall through the cracks.


Prior to joining Consero, Ella served as a Program Coordinator with the Yolo Food Bank, where she oversaw the planning and implementation of a large-scale food distribution program. Her background in project management, administrative support, and communications helps Consero ensure projects are running smoothly and effectively.


Ella graduated from Whitman College with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. With a passion for improving public wellbeing through community action, her work has largely focused on social justice, advocacy, and policy change. 

As an Associate Consultant, Natalie provides support to lead staff by tracking project progress, drafting key deliverables, and maintaining internal and external communications. 


Before joining Consero, Natalie worked as a Volunteer Engagement Specialist at the Yolo Food Bank for over three years, where she recruited, trained, and managed hundreds of volunteers to complete service projects across Yolo County. Her skills in community engagement, project planning, and communications help Consero to successfully implement solutions to address community priorities. 


Natalie graduated from UC Davis with majors in Sociocultural Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her background in social sciences gives her a unique perspective on organizational evaluation and improvement. She is passionate about working with our local communities to make lasting, positive change, and improving health outcomes for future generations. 

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Laura Duffy

Associate Consultant

As an Associate Consultant, Laura provides project support to the Consero team. Her expertise in water policy and community engagement equip her to assist a variety of clients, particularly those with a natural resources nexus.


Prior to graduate school, Laura worked as an educator in school and nonprofit settings and gained experience in local government while interning at Valley Water in San Jose, California. Laura graduated from Oregon State University in 2023 with a master of science degree in Water Resources Policy and Management and a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. She also holds a B.A. from Boston College in Political Science and Environmental Studies.


Laura is passionate about advocating for more sustainable and just community futures for people and the environment. She is excited to be back in her home state working at a social impact consulting firm committed to empowering local organizations to deliver high quality services.

Cam Marchand



Cam is a junior at Davis High School and supports the team’s work to deliver projects on time and on budget, as well as helps with office management. Cam plays tennis on the Davis High School junior varsity team, is on the high school robotics team, and hopes to study engineering in college.

                        "Consero" is a Latin word meaning to                                    unite or bring together. Consero                                          Solutions connects people and ideas,            constructs partnerships to implement thoughtful plans, creates teams to develop products of the highest quality, and empowers local organizations to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

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