FCAA is thrilled to introduce our new colleague, Julian Sanjivan (they/them)! As the Research and Membership Engagement Associate, Julian will be expanding the organization’s important research and membership capacity. Learn more about Julian below!

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A: I find myself at a thrilling crossroads, reflecting on a transformative decade spent navigating my journey as a new immigrant in the United States. My profound involvement with the LGBTQ+ community, both locally and globally, has not only shaped my path but crystallized an unobstructed vision for my future. 

As a proud queer person of color who embraces a nonbinary identity, these facets are not just integral to my being; they are guiding stars influencing how I navigate every aspect of my life. As I embark on the next decade as a newly minted U.S. citizen, my identity will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping my worldview and aspirations. 

Fueled by a Type-A, goal-driven spirit, my passion lies in giving back to the queer community. I thrive on constant learning, eagerly soaking up new experiences that life unfolds. The anticipation of what the next decade holds for me is nothing short of exhilarating, and I am wholeheartedly ready to embrace the journey ahead. 

A: Embracing my personal journey as an individual living with HIV has fueled my enthusiasm for this role. Beyond my compelling experience in a membership-driven organization, I see this opportunity as a gateway to contributing to a noble cause. It promises not only the chance to make a meaningful impact but also to acquire new skills that align seamlessly with my personal goals in research, policy development, and activism. This role resonates with the passion that propels me forward, and I am eager to embark on this journey of purpose and growth. 

A: My journey into the realm of nonprofits ignited when I volunteered for a Malaysian organization dedicated to HIV education, prevention, care, and support. From that pivotal start, I seamlessly transitioned to full employment, marking one of the most fulfilling chapters in my career. 

Now, at FCAA, I find myself coming full circle, a thrilling prospect that resonates with the passion that initially led me into this impactful sector. Since my early days in Malaysia, my global odyssey has enriched my experience, delving into LGBTQ+ rights, activism, immigrant rights, and racial justice. 

Having lived with HIV for nearly 15 years, I stand on the precipice of a new chapter. Eager to channel my wealth of experiences, I am driven to serve the most-at-risk populations worldwide affected by HIV. This mission remains a formidable challenge for many communities, especially in the Global South. With unwavering commitment, I am poised to embark on this next chapter, leveraging my journey to bring about meaningful change and support to those who need it most 

A:  Venturing into the intricate tapestry of global funders and the diverse programs they support worldwide, my initial exposure unfolded during my work in Southeast Asia, notably through a program backed by the Global Fund. While this provided a glimpse, I am fueled by an insatiable curiosity to delve deeper, to comprehend the intricacies that lie beyond the surface. 

In my capacity, straddling the realms of research and membership engagement, I anticipate an exceptional opportunity to immerse myself in this dynamic landscape. The prospect of acquiring nuanced insights and forging meaningful connections in this intersectional role exhilarates me to the core. I am genuinely psyched, driven by the belief that this journey will not only broaden my horizons but also allow me to contribute significantly to the global initiatives that align with my passion and purpose. 

A: Confession time: I hate cooking! I mean, the prep work, the cleaning – it’s a culinary conspiracy against my happiness. Plus, I have no family here in the U.S. My Malaysian clan is probably wondering if I got lost in Times Square. It’s been almost 12 years since I’ve seen them; I’m hoping to break that record this year. Fingers crossed – and if wishes had calories, I’d be a Michelin-star chef by now! 

But here’s the kicker: I absolutely love driving in New York City. If you can navigate the jungle of yellow cabs and potholes here, places like Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai, or Manila suddenly feel like a leisurely Sunday drive. It’s my secret superpower – call me the Urban Road Warrior. Just don’t ask me to cook dinner afterward; that’s a battle I’m still avoiding!