Director of Communications & Public Policy
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A lifelong New Yorker, Max Anderson has lived and grown in the state’s Capital, Mid-Hudson, Central and Finger Lakes regions before putting down stakes in Buffalo. As a son and brother of West Indians who ventured to the United States in search of opportunity, Anderson is passionate about supporting all individuals and families struggling for a foothold in the evolving Buffalo/Niagara economy.
Prior to joining Open Buffalo, Anderson spent about 10 years working in the newspaper industry – first in producing creative advertising publications, later in writing and editing opinions. During the latter part of his journalism career, Anderson covered city governance, economic development and criminal justice (focusing on police-community relations) as an editorialist for Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is proud to have been a principal contributor to that newspaper’s award-winning (ongoing) Unite Rochester project.
In his spare time, Anderson serves on the boards of The Foundry and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center. He is a former member of the Next Generation United Advisory Council (through the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County). He also periodically works on freelance communications 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.)