max stearns

Program Manager

max is Reboot’s jack of all trades. His specialty as a program manager, however, is stewarding ambiguous, cross-disciplinary challenges–participatory, civic, or otherwise–into carefully honed questions and actionable steps forward.

A curious and caring researcher, designer, and organizer with proven experience crafting participatory systems change, max’s approach combines action research, civic, liberatory, and skeptic design, and systems-based methods to social change. He has a history of working collaboratively with folks across the public, private, cultural, and community spaces as a committed partner and co-designer.

Projects he has led have resulted in expansions in affordable housing, enablement of data self-determinacy, advancement in early education equity, and innovations in the city and municipal governance sector. max’s work has been showcased at the Paris Design Summit, NYCxDesign: Design Week, the Feedback Summit, and the Allied Media Conference, as well as featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and BloombergCities.

Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, max studied political philosophy and economics at Ohio State University. He holds an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design – The New School. He is an avid poetry reader, former national team fencer, and aspiring playful designer.

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