Max Nathanson is a Global Business Manager in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. His industry expertise lies in energy and natural resources, infrastructure, outdoor recreation, food and agriculture, and education. His broader interests include the political economies and intersections of infrastructure systems, foreign policy, and urban planning.
Max has extensive policy, research, and business development experience in both domestic and international contexts. Previously, Max worked as a Research Associate at University College London and the University of Oxford, consulted for large public works projects in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Indonesia, as well as to help launch the World Economic Forum’s Future of Construction and Infrastructure Initiative, in the office of Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia, and on State Rep. Edie Hooton’s 2015 campaign. He is a former Research Fellow at the Bank Information Center’s China-Latin America Sustainable Investment Initiative and was a visiting researcher at FLACSO-Ecuador in Quito. He is a Co-Founder and sits on the Executive Board of the Oxford Urbanists, and his photojournalism has been published by Foreign Policy, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Harvard Kennedy School Review, Global Americans, and UN-Habitat, among other outlets.
A fourth-generation Coloradan, Max was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He has traveled widely and has lived in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain, and the UK. He is a firm believer in holistic, compassionate, and interdisciplinary approaches to complex and multifaceted issues, and bridging multicultural divides and fighting for equal opportunities and the environment have always served as guiding principles. He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado, where he was a Norlin Scholar. He was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, personal interests include (in no particular order) bikes, mountains, skis, and dogs.