"I draw strength from my ancestors, people who were brave enough, strong enough, and wise enough to survive. We're still here and NOW is the best time to make a better future together."
I'm (she/her) a business consultant dedicated to the economic equity and empowerment of Afro-Americans, period.
Although I do a few other things to ensure that this is possible, because sometimes being a woman and being Black
can make things seem impossible.
Since 2010 I've strategized and developed plans for start-ups and growing enterprises. As the conversation surrounding
the racial wealth gap reaches a fever pitch throughout the US, I've shifted my focus to provide direct support to
Black-owned enterprises seeking resources and capital.
Now I'm the Founding CEO of IMPOSSIBLE Consulting where we prioritize Black founders and entrepreneurs for
business development and fund raising assistance. I'm also the VP of my husband and my latest venture the
National Assoc. of Black Entrepreneurs (NABE). Our collective experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors
helped us hone our vision for an entity that could intersect community, economy, and policy on behalf of black contractors
I've worked with notable institutions as well as dynamic small businesses throughout the Puget Sound area. Advocacy is
always at the heart of my efforts and has long been sustained through various community partnerships and projects. My
portfolio consists of 96% Black-owned businesses, which I've paired with larger private/public entities to ensure that
each client is connected to, and supported by, a robust economy. Some of my most notable collaborations include Craft3,
Drea currently serves on the Board of the Pleneurethics Society to empower students seeking higher education.
She is also an American Leadership Forum Fellow, Class 28. She has served on the Board of Directors for
And in saving the best for last I declare that I'm the proud wife of Jessie Baines, Metro Parks Commissioner and the CEO
of HULK Construction. I'm also the awe-struck mother of a world changer, little Jessie. Outside of work I enjoy spending
time with loved ones, learning new things-- anything really, being outdoors, and being adventurous with our kid.