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Max Stearns

Program Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Max is a program director for the Housing Innovation Lab within the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. He is passionate about designing and building tools that empower those in need. He also enjoys designing and building furniture, but can only do that as his side hustle. Before joining the Mechanics, Max served as a Team Leader within AmeriCorps. While in AmeriCorps, Max was exposed to the many needs in urban environments and inspired to focus his energy on improving the quality of life for all city residents. His background is in community development and organization, affordable home construction, and neighborhood support. Max also has a history as a fencer and, at one point, was 8th in the world. This skill is only rarely applied as part of the Mechanics. Max holds a BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University.