All About Us
All About You believes that everyone has value and the right to contribute to our community. We also believe that customer service should be exceptional and personal. As a Los Angeles based social enterprise, we train and employ those working toward independence in our customer service support center, preparing them for lives and careers of greater excellence and meaning.
Professional and personal customer care is a natural extension of who we are. For over 15 years, All About You has been providing clients customized administrative assistance and customer support.
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All About You believes that everyone deserves personal care and support. Our employees are part of a short-term, intensive program where, for up to 9 months, we provide skills training, professional development, and job resources as a path toward greater financial and professional success. Former employees have gone on to become attorneys, nonprofit employees, bookkeepers, and community advocates.
“Prior to working here I had menial jobs. But when I started, I was able to have one job that provided me with a stepping stone. I was reinvigorated and returned to school, ultimately becoming a criminal defense attorney. “
—Ana, Former employee
—Carrie, former employee
CENTER FOR LIVING AND LEARNING
Board of Directors | Officer’s Roster | 2018
Maria “Alex” Alexander | Executive Director
Maria “Alex’ Alexander is Executive Director of the Center for Living and Learning, the parent organization of All About You. Alex has served in this role since 2005, and brings over three decades of customer service and management experience.
Alex is a leading figure in the movement to effectively remove barriers to employment for the most vulnerable populations in Los Angeles. Through paid job training, job readiness workshops and advocacy efforts, the Center for Living and Learning has grown to serve over 600 individuals annually with employment and support services across LA County.
Alex serves as Chair of the San Fernando Valley Providers’ Collaborative, member of the steering committee of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership, Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership Employment Subcommittee, and Chair of the San Fernando Valley Employer Advisory Council.
As a member of long-term recovery and a formerly incarcerated person, Alex also advocates for drug policies, sentencing reform, and reducing the stigma of those same populations. As a former theatre student at El Camino College and video/film production at Los Angeles City College, she never imagined that her life would take a detour and one day serve those in search of new beginnings.
“This organization not only hired me while I was in residential treatment after years of homelessness and incarceration, they assisted me in getting housing upon completion and legal services to regain custody of my children. I could not have dreamed 16 years ago of the life I have today. To be able to make a living giving back and helping others like myself get a step up, is a privilege and an honor.”
Josh Smith | President
Former Executive Director of People in Progress
San Fernando Valley Alcoholics Anonymous, Board Member
Burbank Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Thornton | Treasurer/CFO
Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
Former Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Treasurer
Michelle Dornfeld | Secretary
Head of Business Integration, Farmer’s Insurance
Stephanie Brynildsen, MSW
Valley Interfaith Council, Executive Director
Thomas Lasater BS, MHC-II | Board Member
Formerly of SFV Community Mental Health Corp, Inc./Cornerstone Program
Valley Economic Alliance, President
San Fernando Valley Employer Advisory Council, Member at Large
LA Workforce Investment Board, Board Member