CyberTalent Program Director, SANS Institute
Max leads the CyberTalent division of the SANS Institute, the most trusted and the largest provider of information security training and certification in the world. In this role, he directs business development and stakeholder engagement to support the various SANS CyberTalent programs and develop strategic partnerships. He also oversees CyberTalent program operations. SANS CyberTalent helps organizations address their cybersecurity workforce needs through initiatives such as the Cyber Immersion Academies, CyberStart game, and a series of talent assessment tools. Max joined SANS Institute as its’ CyberTalent Business Development manager in 2015.
Max has worked in the public affairs and stakeholder engagement arena of cybersecurity for the past eight years, working with Government, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations, most recently as a Vice President at Cambridge Global Advisors, a homeland security strategic advisory services firm. He also previously supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) CyberSkills Management Support Initiative (CMSI), an initiative within NPPD focused on building partnerships with academic institutions and NGOs to grow the cybersecurity talent pipeline. Other past roles include serving as the national recruitment director for the Cyber Aces Foundation, a nonprofit organization that trained and educated veterans, jobseekers, and students in cybersecurity.
Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University with a second degree in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. At Michigan State, he was a co-chair and fundraising director for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. He lives in Chicago, IL, and serves as an Associate Board member of the Chicago Fire Foundation.