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Max Anderson is a first-generation American and lifelong New Yorker. Growing up at an intersection of ethnic identities and social systems, Anderson developed a passion for personal growth through linguistics, communication, and cultural mash-ups.
Prior to joining Open Buffalo in 2014, Anderson spent about 10 years working at daily newspapers, most recently covering city governance, economic development, and criminal justice (focusing on community-police relations) as an editorialist for Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is proud to have helped create that newspaper’s award-winning Unite Rochester project.
As Deputy Director, Anderson focuses on strategic planning, building partnerships, leadership development, and media relations.
In his spare time, Anderson volunteers as a board member for The Foundry, a community-based makerspace that fosters education and entrepreneurship, and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, which provides education, equipment access, and powerful art exhibitions. He also occasionally takes on freelance communication and promotional projects (writing, editing, and graphic design).
Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French from the State University of New York: College at Geneseo, and a master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
(Photo by Rebekah A. Williams.)