Envision + Act seeks to help systems discover their strengths, identify their hopes and opportunities, set aspirations, and take action towards meaningful change.  Our approach to organization development consulting is based on and inspired by the principles of Appreciative Inquiry and its strengths-based framework for leading positive change in today’s world.

Envision + Act is the work of Laiza Otero as an independent consultant.  In addition to her private consulting, Laiza is an internal OD consultant at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  The work and views expressed through Envision + Act are solely Laiza’s and do not express the views or opinions of JHU.

Prior to her work at JHU, Laiza worked for 18 years in the government and nonprofit sectors helping design and implement change initiatives. Whether it was government public policy or movement-based social sector activity, her focus was on strengthening individuals, organizations, and entire communities. From addressing public health concerns like HIV/AIDS, mental health, and drug addiction to developing best practices for voting and elections administration, Laiza is passionate about helping systems envision, strategize, and act on their organizational hopes and goals.

Laiza has a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Laiza is fluent in Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to work with the Latinx community in the U.S. and abroad.