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Odell Mays

Lecturer, Nonprofit Management; Founder and Principal, Mays2 Consulting, LLC

Odell Mays is a nonprofit executive with over 25 years of experience managing nonprofits and serving in the capacity of board leadership on nonprofit boards. He has served in the capacity of an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for nonprofits. As the principal & founder of Mays2 Consulting LLC, he has provided extensive strategic fiscal management for several Executive Directors and CEOs. He has consulted for organizations such as Amnesty International USA, The Episcopal Archdiocese of Newark, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), City University of New York Law School (CUNY- Law) and the ASPCA.

In addition to his professional work, Mays has extensive community service work focused on board service and governance. He has served as Treasurer and Chair of the board of Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in NYC. He was also the Treasurer of the board for New York City’s LGBT Community Service Center. Mays also serves as the Treasurer of the board of the Proteus Fund, a leading progressive social justice foundation.

Mays has been on faculty at Baruch College and New York University and he is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies and the School of Social Work. In addition, he has written several commentaries on nonprofit management and he has been quoted in CRAINSNY Business in articles on nonprofit best practices and fiscal transparency.

Mays enjoys traveling and studying dance and yoga in addition to cross country skiing.


  • NOPM PS5320: Nonprofit Financial Management
  • NOPM PS5390: Nonprofit Management Capstone Project



  • M.B.A, New York University
  • B.A., Stanford University