Ahndrea L. Blue, Esquire
Ahndrea is the president and CEO of Pinnacle Equities Investments, (2002) a private equity investment firm., realizing 500 percent of its assets within one year. Ahndrea is also the Founder, President, and CEO of The Making A Difference Foundation (2003).
Prior to establishing her own business, Ahndrea was the Washington States Governor’s Executive Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel. Additionally, she worked for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle as their Chief Operating Officer, and was an attorney at law for Lee, Smart, Cook, Martin & Patterson, in Seattle.
Ms. Blue has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in African American Studies and Society and Justice, from the University of Washington, receiving quarterly and yearly honors. She also obtained her Juris Doctorate, from the University of Washington, School of Law.
Ms. Blue has a wealth of professional and scholastic honors, including Washington State Bar Association, YLD, Thomas Nevelle Pro Bono Award ; Minority Academic Achievement Scholarship ; Derrick Bell Academic Achievement Award; Earl Warren Legal Academic Achievement Scholarship; Royal Esquire Academic Achievement Scholarship; Myra Davis Hemming Academic Achievement Award; Black Professional Aeronautical Academic Achievement Award; Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society ; Minority Affairs Black Achievement Award.
Ahndrea received the Ford Freedom’s Sisters Civil Rights Award, 2012 Redeeming the Prophet Vision Social Award, Finalist for the 2012 Black Change Maker Award, Black Celebrity Giving, the 2011 Jefferson “Public Service” Award and 2010 Attorney Community Service Award from the Washington State Bar Association, She is also the 2008 recipient of National Black Philanthropist of the Year Award. She has also been featured in the King County Bar Association Newsletter Article “Pro Bono Heroes,” Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses; and Ebony Magazine Article, “30 Leaders, 30 and Under”. She has also been a Key Note Speaker, Family Policy Annual Conference; Speaker, Washington State Church of God In Christ Women Convention; Speaker, Washington State Church of God in Christ Annual Convention; and Speaker, National Urban League Convention.
She has published articles such as Seasons, Central Area Senior Service Center; Hanging Together, Central Area Senior Service Center Annual Report; Is Society Colorblind? African American Business and Employment Journal; Who Is Going to Educate Our Children? African American Business and Employment Journal.
Ms. Blue also has affiliations with: Washington State Bar Association, Board Member; Washington Food Coalition (2018-Present); Food Lifeline Coalition (2017), Board Member; Matt Talbott Center (2009-2011), Board Member; Board Member, New Futures; Committee Member, Washington State Bar Association Diversity Committee, University of Washington, Friends of Equal Opportunity Program; New Life Baptist Church; Steering Community for Access to Technology; Washington State Advisory Committee of School Safety; Board Member, Lifelong Aid Alliance; Board Member, BRIDGE; Families for Kids; Vice President, Gender, and Justice, Washington Women Lawyers; Attorney General Bullying Task Force; Commissioner, City of Seattle Women’s Commission; Executive Committee Member/Co-chair of Legal Redress Committee NAACP, Seattle Branch; Vice President, Youth Chaplaincy Program; Board Member, Chicken Soup Brigade; Vice President/Board Member, Central Area Senior Service Center; Steering Committee Member, NO! I-200; U.S Justice Department Weed and Seed Advisory Committee; Chief Seattle Council Boy Scouts of America, Urban Emphasis Committee; Board Member, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle; King County Women Lawyers Association; Loren Miller Bar Association; Sub-Regional Director, Black Law Students Association; Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Ahndrea loves traveling around the world performing missionary work in places such as Peru, Chile, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, and Haiti.
Ms. Blue purpose in life is to make a difference in thelives of others. She credits her faith in God, and her loving and supporting family and friends for her success. She is a living example that God is faithful in all things
Food Bank Driver
Adam is a student athlete at Pacific Lutheran University. He is working on his Bachelors of art in Education with an endorsement area of K-12 special education. When not working for the Making A Difference Foundation Adam can be found working out, teaching at local elementary schools, and studying for classes. Adam graduated from Blaine High School in 2015 and attended 1 year of college in Nebraska before transferring to PLU to be closer to his family.
Adam is a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Alumni, served as his Senior class president, and has been invited to join the PLU chapter of the National Honor Society. Adam is always looking for ways to give back to the communities that he is involved in, and actively seeks out opportunities.
Briana is a Tacoma native who graduated from Lakes High School, in 2007. She has earned a Business Associates at Pierce College, and is currently completing a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Washington Tacoma, graduating spring ’18.
Currently, Briana is working as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Making a Difference Foundation. When she is not in the office or at school, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, visiting the local museums and parks.
Chris is the accountant for The Making A Difference Foundation, and a Tacoma native. She attended Central Washington State University receiving BA in both Sociology and Anthropology. Upon graduation, she worked as a Social Worker for ten years with handicapped and at-risk youth populations. She returned to school to receive her BA in Accounting with a specialty in non-profit and small business. Outside of work, you will find her at the Theater or on the Wallyball court at the YMCA, or volunteering her time by serving on several Not for Profit Boards.
Administrative Assistant / Data Entry Clerk
Darian is her first year at Pacific Lutheran University. She has completed an Associates in Art at Centralia College and is now working to get her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and minoring in Psychology. She grew up in Winlock, WA and graduated in 2017 with a class of thirty-three students.
Darian is an administrative assistant and data entry for Making a Difference Foundation.
Social Media Coordinator
Joseph is the Social Media Coordinator for The Making a Difference Foundation and a full-time student at the University of Washington Tacoma. Having grown up witnessing the evolution of the internet as a means of creating meaningful connections first-hand, Joseph has the detailed and nuanced understanding of social media necessary to represent The Making a Difference Foundation in the ever-growing digital landscape.
When he isn’t glued to a smartphone or computer screen, he spends time studying business management and learning to cook. He is currently working on developing an algorithm to most effectively connect enthusiastic volunteers to The Making a Difference Foundation.
Sharlene Rojas Apodaca
Food Bank Assistant/ Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
Sharlene is in her first year at Pacific Lutheran University. She is working to get her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies and minoring in English. She grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco and Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Federal Way in 2014 and graduated in 2017 from Decatur High School.
Sharlene is a food bank assistant and Hispanic outreach coordinator for Making a Difference Foundation.
Manager of Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank
Tanzanika was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She is the mother of three children. Tanzanika has 15 years in Telecommunications with extensive experience in providing excellent customer service. She is currently the manager of Eloise Cooking Pot food bank, a program of Making A Difference Foundation. Tanzanika is client driven and offers a fun, safe environment for clients and volunteers.
Tanzanika enjoys fellowshipping at her church, spending quality time with family and friends, going to plays, and serving her community. Her hobbies include making candles, sewing, arts and crafts, and cooking.
Data Entry Clerk
Thuan was born in Vietnam and has been in the U.S for seven years. He attended Seattle Central College and completed his Associates in Science. He loves working and exploring technology. Therefore, he transferred to UWT in Information Technology major and he is currently finishing his senior year.
Currently, Thuan is working as a data entry clerk at Making a Difference Foundation. He usually enjoys watching soccer games and traveling.
Homes for Veterans Case Manager
Tonette Lewis grew up in southern Seattle where she graduated from Rainier Beach High School, she was very active in school sitting on senior counsel, played tennis, and she was a cheerleader and dancer in the now discontinued African Drum Dance ensemble. She has since served in the military gaining the rank of sergeant and still serves in the reserves on the weekends. She is now a full time student attending Pierce College maintaining a 3.77 GPA in hopes to transfer to a University. When she is not studying to be a dental hygienist, she enjoys local and domestic traveling, spending time with her friends and church family.