Andrena Sawyer is the founder and president of P.E.R.K. Consulting, an advisory firm for small to mid-sized nonprofits and businesses. Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, she and her family moved to the U.S. when she was 9 due to a civil war that left thousands dead and untold numbers maimed and displaced. She now credits her family's move during the war for her interest in human triumph and perseverance.
She has since actively worked to mobilize and empower others. At age 15, she founded Triple “T” MAD (Teens Trying to Make a Difference), a community service organization for teens in central New Jersey. As a student at Howard University, she continued to cultivate her interest in community development by founding Rock, the MIC, an annual outreach for youth in the DC area. These experiences laid a firm foundation that continues to define her work.
For her work with nonprofits and small businesses, Andrena has also been awarded the Black Business Review’s 40 Under 40, the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award, the Women Owned Small Business Award by the Associated Black Charities, and the Hope for Africa Leadership in Community Development Award.
In addition to her work with P.E.R.K. Consulting, she is the author of The Other Side of Assertiveness, “Ponder It In Her Heart,” and “The Long Way Home.”