Consulting & Advisory Services

Serving investors, public and private companies, non-profit organizations and membership organizations

Federal Relations
Corporate Governance
ESG & Diversity

Providing the expertise you need.

Whether it is the work of Congress, the federal regulatory agencies or the next proxy season, the issues that companies and investors must address will not stop.


We offer services through a monthly retainer, per project or per report. 

We will customize a bid or expense breakdown for you.


Federal Relations

Identify the best strategies to engage Congressional members and regulatory agencies, develop relationships and understand how bills and rules may impact your business and investment strategies.

Corporate Governance

Best practices to help companies and investors develop effective advocacy tools to build relationships for the long-term benefit of companies and investors' beneficiaries.

(ESG) Environmental, Social and Governance & Diversity

Helping companies successfully navigate between investor expectations, risk management and company reporting demands. Working with investors to effectively communicate and engage with companies before and after proxy season. Assisting with diversity guidance and policies for Boards and investors.

Federal Relations

If you feel like you don't know where to begin with federal issues, you're not alone.

We can help you navigate the halls of Congress and regulatory agencies to support your business or investor needs.

ESG & Diversity

The roots of good governance can be knotted with acronyms like "ESG."


We can identify and develop a comprehensive plan and communicate it effectively.

Corporate Goverance

We have the philosophy that companies and their investors, have the opportunity to achieve greater outcomes together rather than working separately.

Our efforts continue to bring directors and investors together for constructive dialogue on corporate governance, sustainable growth and corporate purpose.


Upcoming Events

  • June 2020 Private Directors Association Webinar
    June 2020 - Time is TBD
    Panelist on "Board Diversity: A Strategy for Company Growth."
  • July 2020 Society for Corporate Governance, 2020 Virtual National Conference Vision 2020: Governance Elevated
    July 2020 - Time is TBD
    Webinar Panelist on "Setting Up an ESG Program for Small-and Mid-Cap Companies."
  • ESG6 Summit: A Driver of Shareholder Value
    New York, New York
    Sep 13, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    New York, New York,
    Investor Relations: Company and Institutional Investor Alignment in ESG Host: Andrea Vittorio, Senior Reporter, Bloomberg Law Participants: Carol Nolan-Drake, Corporate Governance, ESG and Diversity, and Federal Relations Attorney and Author, Carlow Consulting
  • Federal Legislative & Policy Report
    Dec 19, 2019, 8:40 AM – 9:40 AM
    Columbus, Columbus, OH, USA
    Presentation before a Retirement System's Board of Trustees, “Federal Legislative and Policy Report- Review of 2019 and Overview of 2020.”
  • The Gender Lens
    The Shareholder Activist
    Nov 19, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    The Shareholder Activist, 1324 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
    Skytop Strategies Conference | Moderator for Workshop, "The Gender Lens: Best Practices in Recruiting, Developing and Retaining Women Directors,"


Carlow Consulting, LLC is a member of several national and international organizations.



Sally J. Curley & Carol Nolan Drake

ESG Guide Co-author

July 2020

Perspectives, guidelines, and practical tools to help companies launch environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs and develop disclosures. Read More

Carol Nolan Drake

Chapter Author

May 2020

Handbook of Board Governance, Second Edition, Wiley Publications

Why institutional investors are important for boards of directors through the interviews of 16 governance experts, including board members. Highlights of long-term ownership by institutional investors. Read More

Sally J. Curley & Carol Nolan Drake

Chapter Co-author

May 2020

Handbook of Board Governance, Second Edition, Wiley Publications

Interviews with private company directors who provided answers and thoughts on the top 13 questions on board governance issues between private and public companies. Read More

Carol Nolan Drake

Article Author

May 2020

May 2020 publication Skytop Strategies Business Intelligence Hub

With credit to Lin-Manuel Miranda, post-COVID-19, do we still need to be in the room where it happens? Are in-person board meetings, with requirements for quorum and voting conditions a thing of the past? Read More

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Carol Nolan Drake

Founder of Carlow Consulting LLC & Published Author

Carol has had a career as an attorney, in state and local government, for a large institutional investor, three Governors and in senior-level positions. She maintained strong relationships over many years to benefit her clients and eventually formed her own company. 


In January of 2017, Carol founded her company after seeing a need for consulting and advisory expertise for investors, non-profits and other organizations for federal issues, and corporate governance, including ESG and diversity, best practices. In her career she's realized that federal laws or regulatory agency rules can be challenging to boards of directors, senior management, and investors. 

The Company is based in Columbus, OH with operations primarily in Washington, D.C. 

Carlow Consulting LLC is named after County Carlow, Ireland, the ancestral home of our Nolan family. Family records note that the Nolands left Ireland after 1650 and later settled in North America.  


They prospered in Loudoun County, Virginia, where they operated Noland's Ferry,

a ferry service that shuttled passengers that needed to cross the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia.

During the Revolutionary War, our ancestors served in the Continental Army and helped soldiers cross the Potomac River. Records indicate that General George Washington had dinner with the Noland's in 1783.