Max currently serves as a Program Officer at The Glazer Foundation. In this role, he supports organizations and initiatives that promote diverse expressions of Jewish identity; strengthen Jewish civic engagement; foster constructive community relations; address antisemitism; and conduct research on key issues pertinent to the Jewish community. Previously, he worked at the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, where he helped oversee the Institute’s research, public policy, and public opinion work. This included the Voices of L.A. survey series, a multiyear project to survey four major racial and ethnic populations in Los Angeles County: the Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latino, Black, and Jewish communities. Additionally, he has taught History courses at Cal State LA and UCLA and has authored articles in American Jewish History and California History. A native of Los Angeles, he completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and holds an MA and PhD from UCLA. Max is also an alumnus of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ New Leaders Project (NLP).
In his spare time, Max enjoys eating pastrami, swimming, spending too much time watching baseball, and chasing his two-year-old son around parks.
Max D. Baumgarten Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer, US