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Maulik Pancholy
Actor and activist

Maulik Pancholy is an actor and an activist. He played Alec Baldwin’s intrepid assistant Jonathan on the award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, Sanjay on the Showtime hit series Weeds, and Neal on the first season of the NBC comedy Whitney. He has also appeared on Star Trek: Discovery, Friends From College, The Good Wife, Web Therapy, The Comeback, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He is the voice of Baljeet on Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and the title voice of Sanjay on the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. As an activist, he has worked closely with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and LGBTQI communities. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs. During his nearly three-year tenure on the Commission, he spearheaded the launch of an anti-bullying campaign called #ActToChange to address the needs of AAPI youth. He regularly delivers keynote addresses about the need for diversity in the media, and is currently writing a book for middle grade readers.