Position: DreamSF Fellow

Photo of Ivan Alikhanov.

Ivan Alikhanov (he/him) was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. Becoming an immigrant as a teenager shaped Ivan’s view of the world. Learning English opened his eyes to many different cultures and, in turn, motivated him to study immigration law to advocate for himself and other immigrants.

Ivan’s firsthand experience with the challenges faced by first-generation immigrants inspired him to continue his education in order to better serve immigrant communities in need. Currently, he is working towards completing his associate’s degree at the College of Marin and aspires to attend law school, with the hope of becoming an immigration attorney who provides accessible and equitable legal services. In his free time, Ivan enjoys playing volleyball, playing the piano, and spending time with his friends.