With three decades of public sector experience in organizational effectiveness/change, diversity, inclusion and human rights, Mello is an expert facilitator and trainer with a nuanced, humancentred approach. He has earned the reputation as a forward-thinking advocate with a keen understanding in matters related to effective transformational leadership with a strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. He deftly leads individuals, teams and organizations in creating the optimal conditions for high performance, innovation and excellent public/client service. Collaborative and accustomed to working in fast-paced, high visibility, contentious environments, Mello leverages superior communication skills, diplomacy and good judgment to achieve transformational change and to inspire anyone with a desire to lead. The pursuit of excellence, integrity and respect for the dignity and wellbeing of others are hallmarks of his approach.
Mello’s public service experience covers a wide span including comprehensive exposure to management and leadership, project management, and working with cross-functional working groups in the implementation and management of enterprise-wide transformational projects, corporate initiatives and employee engagement activities. During his public service career, he was a highly respected advocate and change-agent for anti-Black racism and human rights.
Writer, poet, and speaker, Mello continues to be a voice for these concerns as expressed in his most recent publication “I AM Brother Oji,” a biography that spotlights the life and work of an African Canadian activist.
Mello’s practice philosophy is value-based, solution-oriented, and client-centered. He aspires to work with consensus where appropriate in the achievement of objectives consistent with his core values of human dignity, integrity, equity, and respect for human rights. He has a proven track record of leading, building and sustaining positive relationships and collaborative partnerships.
Mello Ayo is a community volunteer and worker with the Zero Gun Violence Movement assisting with media and communications and serves as a board member with both the Lions Circle, an African Canadian men’s organization, and the Harriet Tubman Community Organization.