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Max Espinoza joined Scholarship America in May 2013 as Senior Vice President, Education Programs and Policy. Max serves on Scholarship America's executive team, advancing the organizational mission and acting as Scholarship America’s lead spokesperson on education issues. Max is responsible for building the organization’s advocacy, public policy, and research platforms and providing strategy and operational management of the organization’s education programs, including Dollars for Scholars, the Dreamkeepers program, Collegiate Partners and the Dream Award.
Max came to Scholarship America with over 14 years of experience in education policy, program development, implementation and oversight. Max spent more than a decade with the California State Legislature in key leadership roles advising elected officials in the shaping of policy and fiscal priorities; prior to joining Scholarship America, he served as chief advisor on higher education to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. While there, Max advanced equity in postsecondary education access, protected and expanded the state’s financial aid programs and shepherded other important policy changes including the enactment of “The Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.”
Max previously served as an executive leader at the California Student Aid Commission, serving as the agency’s principal spokesperson and liaison to over 400 high schools and colleges, managing over $1 billion in state and federal financial aid programs and overseeing the delivery of support services to students and schools. From 2004 to 2009, Max served as President of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP), an all-volunteer run, community based nonprofit whose mission is to enhance and build the leadership potential of California’s Chicano/Latino youth. A CLYLP alumnus, Max led the organization through the implementation of its first strategic plan, expanding its programming, building partnerships with similar organizations and positioning the CLYLP as a leader in the field of youth leadership development.
Max holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. A first-generation college student and former scholarship recipient, Max has been a passionate advocate for students throughout his career and has dedicated himself to ensuring postsecondary education equity and opportunity as a means of combatting socioeconomic inequity.
Max is based in Scholarship America’s Washington D.C. office.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.
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Scholarship America is dedicated to helping students get their degrees. Our 2013 Annual Report, Focus on the Finish Line, features statistics, stories, and student accounts of the importance of college completion.
Visit the online report to learn more and hear from our President, Lauren Segal.