Written by Raychel Espiritu 

Malcolm Forbes defines diversity in business as “the art of thinking independently together”. From audio engineers to computer programmers to marketers, the members who make up Toolbox LA are as diverse when it comes to their careers as they are impressive. The member we will be highlighting this week adds yet another profession to that list, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

This week’s spotlight goes out to the Director of Development and Donor Engagement at Minds Matter of Los Angeles: Alexa Almazan-Barajas, MPA, CFRE. Through her work and contributions at Minds Matter of Los Angeles, the organization has been able to help low-income students in Los Angeles and the surrounding area get accepted into a wide variety of prestigious colleges and universities around the country–Columbia University, Harvard University and Occidental College, just to name a few.

From test preparation to tutoring to building critical leadership skills, Minds Matter helps their students not only get accepted into universities but also teaches them how to expertly navigate the often-murky waters of higher education as well.

Here at Toolbox LA, we’re dedicated to empowering the people that make up the communities within the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles at large, and Alexa embodies this virtue to the nth degree. We’re happy to have her at our space.

What’s your name?

Alexa Almazan-Barajas

Which is more your vibe?

Calm & Centered

Growing up, what did you think you wanted to be?

I wanted to be a lawyer.

What makes the fire in your belly burn / what motivates you?

Being of service to others.

What’s your favorite get sh*t done quote?

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

What brings you to Toolbox LA?

Growing my company

Your Company/startup/project’s name?

Minds Matter of Los Angeles

Tell us more. What problem are you solving?

Helping low-income high school students get to and through college.

What’s your website?

Community is important to me.


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