A native New Yorker raised in The Bronx, he joined the organization in 2016 as an intern, motivated by realizing that the LGBTQ+ older adults that trail blazed for his right to be out were forced to go back into the closet to safely access senior programs service. He continues this work driven by a desire to build a truly inclusive and supportive community.
He has overseen several expansions, developing an additional 12 client facing, direct service positions since 2020. On behalf of Stonewall CDC, he serves on the Bronx Borough President’s LGBTQ+ Policy Task Force. Sayief was included as one of Crain’s NY Business Magazine’s “Twenty in their 20s – Class of 2020.”
He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Stonewall Quarter Share Board and sits on the grant committee (Stonewall Community Foundation,) member of the AVP Associate Board (Anti-Violence Project,) former member of the New York chapter of the Habitat Young Professionals (Habitat for Humanity,) former member of the NYTAG Junior Board (New York Transgender Advocacy Group) and former chair of the Dorill Young Professionals (The Dorill Initiative).