Who We Are

Ayuda is a premier environmental services provider specializing in environmental remediation, environmental consulting, and construction management services.

Our Story

Ayuda was founded in 2002 as Velez Management Corporation by Maria Velez. Maria built a successful business by providing consulting services to other small businesses in business development, including capture planning/proposal support, as well as providing project management on staff augmentation, environmental, and construction contracts. In May of 2006, the firm was accepted into the 8(a) program. In 2007, Sonya Yungeberg joined Maria Velez as partner and second employee. At that time, the company name was changed to Ayuda. Since 2007, Ayuda has grown from 2 employees to 53 full time staff members and has successfully completed over $250M in contracts for government and commercial clients in Environmental Consulting, Environmental Remediation, Construction and Construction Management.  Ayuda Companies is HUBZone, EDWOSB,  WOSB, and SBD certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a small business in all of its NAICS codes.

Why Choose Ayuda?


Not all environmental consulting companies are the same. At Ayuda, we pride ourselves in providing unsurpassed workmanship and talent on each and every project — large and small.

Customer Service

Ayuda’s commitment to excellence has earned us the reputation as the nation’s premier service-oriented environmental services company. Responding to our clients’ needs quickly, efficiently and professionally is not an ideal — it is an obligation and our guarantee.

Stringent Safety Standards

Ensuring the safety of our team and partners is deeply ingrained in our company ethos. We maintain one of the best safety records in the industry — attributed directly to our comprehensive and ongoing training & mentorship programs.


Ayuda is proud to have been a leading environmental services provider for over 20 years. Our in-house team includes environmental engineers, chemists, civil engineers, chemical engineers, geologists, biologists, archaeologists, and construction managers.

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