Founder, Palo Alto's Minority Achievement and Talent Development Committee
Max McGee has been everything from a substitute teacher to a state superintendent and launched an independent school from scratch. He has led 4 districts, most recently Palo Alto where he established the Advanced Authentic Research program and led systemic changes to improve wellness supports for students and staff. As IMSA’s President, he led them to receive Intel’s “Star Innovator Award” as America’s most innovative high school, and he extensively expanded STEM programs to thousands of students and teachers. As State Superintendent Max made the ACT part of the Illinois state test giving every student opportunity to demonstrate their college readiness regardless of zip code. Since then, 19 states have followed suit. As State Superintendent, Max made closing opportunity gaps the top initiative and established the Golden Spike Award for schools doing so. Max opened three field offices in high poverty areas to afford hundreds of students’ opportunities for interactive STEM experiences. He has published and presented on developing talent in minority youth. Recently, Max founded Palo Alto’s Minority Achievement and Talent Development Committee.