Q&A with Julia Lagenour

MEET Julia Lagenour.

Julia is the new not-for-profit sustainability officer at CICF. In this role, she provides exceptional support and high-quality advising for our not-for-profit endowment organizations. 

What excites you about your new role?
I am excited to learn more about the organizations that hold funds with CICF and build relationships with them as I assist in their sustainability journey.

In this past year, what book, movie or album resonated with you in the strongest way and why?
Deltron 3030’s self-titled album turned 20 this last year, and I have spent a lot of time with that album, Del the Funky Homosapien in general, and other artists that have a similar feel. I’ve been listening to a lot of MF DOOM (RIP), Pharcyde, Black Star, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Digable Planets-the beats, lyrics, flow, it’s all so meticulously constructed.

What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?
I’m learning to give myself the same grace I would extend to others.  It’s important to be mindful of this, especially when starting a new role. Nobody expects perfection, just that we all do our best.

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
I enjoy hanging out outside or down at Loom on 46th St.

What’s your most recent act of equity?
Facilitating a conversation about equity with my teenage nephew. My nephew is taking his first few steps into adulthood, and we were discussing some of the barriers he has been facing to get out on his own.  I took the opportunity to speak with him about his White privilege and how the barriers he now faces are not and will not ever be due to the color of his skin.  I felt the need for the conversation in case his parents have not ever talked with him intentionally about racism and privilege.  He is at a pivotal age for growth and setting intentions.  It is my hope—especially now that he lives with me—to teach him and show him ways to live his life while viewing the world through a lens of equity and move through the world with intention.

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