Title: Policy Associate, Energy and Climate Program
Company: The Breakthrough Institute
— Bio —
Max is a policy associate in the Energy and Climate Program at Breakthrough. His research has focused on a range of energy issues and topics including nuclear power, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency rebound and backfire, national energy subsidies, and electricity systems. He is the co-author of "Our High-Energy Planet" and "Coal Killer: How Natural Gas Fuels the Clean Energy Revolution". Max's writing has been published in national media outlets including Politico, National Journal, Ensia, Energy Collective, and Energy Post. His research and analysis has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, Forbes, Conservation Magazine, the American Interest, KQED, and others. Max is co-director of Breakthrough Generation, the Breakthrough Institute’s annual summer policy fellowship, which brings together some of the brightest young thinkers from across the country and the world to work on policy, politics, and technology issues that are at the core of Breakthrough’s research goals. Max joined the Breakthrough Institute policy staff after completing a fellowship in summer 2012, where he conducted an assessment of clean energy deployment policies.
Max is a graduate from McGill University, Canada, where he completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science with minors in Economics and Biology. At McGill Max completed an Honors thesis where he looked at energy policy in China and the U.S. with emphasis on how to kick-start a clean energy technology revolution in each of these countries. Max loves to travel, with his latest adventure bringing him to Uganda as part of an ecology and conservation research team looking at the intersection of freshwater fish ecology and sustainable management. Follow Max on Twitter @max_energy.