Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, Maxine earned her doctoral degree in urban education policy from the University of Southern California, where her research focused on the mathematics identity of black students who succeed in developmental mathematics, and on working with practitioners to achieve equitable student outcomes in developmental education. While at USC, she served as a research assistant with the Center for Urban Education, where she worked extensively with faculty, administrators and staff in community colleges to explore the ways their behaviors and institutional practices impact student success. Previously, as a leader in New York City-based nonprofit agencies, Maxine designed, implemented and directed after-school education initiatives and college preparatory programs at Bank Street College of Education’s Institute for Leadership, Excellence and Academic Development and Liberty LEADS programs. Both programs focus on expanding college access opportunities for students of color. Maxine holds master’s degrees in education from Teachers College Columbia University and Bank Street College of Education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Mount Holyoke College. A native New Yorker, Maxine enjoys traveling to fun food cities and looks forward to trying more of Denver’s cuisine scene.

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