Our Approach

MelaMillennial is here to make sure that difficult circumstances don’t stop anyone in our community from achieving their full potential. With that said, how do we access, find success in, and thrive in traditional professional spaces? Our accomplishments in the arts, media & entertainment and other creative spaces are gaining more of the spotlight and recognition, day by day, which is hugely important. What about those whose passions lie in STEM? Finance? Law? Medicine? General Management and Administration?

Our Story

At the end of the day, those who are low income and/or first generation have a much harder time accessing the resources and information necessary to building fulfilling and successful careers in these spaces. MelaMillennial is a space that purports to remind its readers that they are capable of remarkable success, and that our community is behind them, supporting them every step of the way. MelaMillennial is here to arm its readers with the ability to believe in themselves.

The only question left to ask is this: Are you the next melanin millennial professional?

Meet the Founder

After immigrating to the U.S. from the West Indies as a child, Alexi faced the challenges of assimilating as quickly as possible while also dealing with an unfamiliar educational system. Due to a combination of grace, luck and hard work, she was accepted into a very competitive NYC high school, Bard High School Early College Queens from which she graduated with a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, as well as departmental honors in Spanish and English & Comparative Literature.

That experience did a few things that would change the trajectory of Alexi’s life:

  1. During an independent study in Russian in 11th grade, Alexi’s professor introduced her to the possibility of studying law as a more varied, fast-paced alternative to academia, a field Alexi became attracted to after seeing the passion with which each of her professors conducted their courses and their research.

  2. The academic depth, breadth and rigor of Alexi’s time at BHSECQ made it possible for her to be admitted, early decision to Columbia University’s Columbia College in the Class of 2016.

Alexi Thomas-Villatoro


Once she matriculated at Columbia, Alexi knew she would one day go to law school, declaring a major of Hispanic Studies and Pre-Law track. In her senior year, Alexi juggled working 25+ hours a week, preparing for the LSAT for at least 25 hours a week, and working on her senior honors thesis– for this, she was rewarded with admission to Columbia Law School in March 2016, as well as departmental honors and an academic prize for the best thesis in her department.

During her first year at Columbia Law School, Alexi worked to keep her grades up while juggling 3 board positions and a position as a Moot Court teacher for HSLI. Alexi plans to work as a corporate attorney following her JD and MBA graduations in 2019. In her second year at the law school (and first year at the business school), she traveled with classmates while discovering her love for social enterprise and entrepreneurship. As a third year JD/MBA, Alexi volunteered with a family law organization to secure uncontested divorces for her clients. Also to that end, she was a 1L and then 2L Summer Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the summers of 2017 and 2018, in the New York and London offices.

As a current JD and MBA grad, Alexi plans to sit for the NY Bar Exam this coming summer and begin work at Simpson Thacher in Fall 2019.


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