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Max Owen-Dunow

Leadership and Special Projects Manager

Max joined Turnaround in 2018 as the Leadership and Special Projects Manager. As part of this role, Max works closely with the Chief of Staff to contribute to strategic operations, internal communications and project management efforts across the organization.

Prior to joining Turnaround, Max was the Special Assistant to New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. In that role, Max managed executive affairs for a citywide elected official, overseeing his schedule, staffing and executing his public appearances; supervising his briefing materials; and coordinating his staff. Previously, Max held a number of internships in government, political communications and political campaigns.

Max received a B.A. with high honors in French and honors in government from Wesleyan University.

Who do you admire most in your life?

My late grandmother, Virginia Owen. Her first instinct was kindness and her generosity of spirit and deep care for every person she encountered extended beyond her dedicated work as a social worker into every moment of her life.

What book has influenced you most?

Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, whose lyric and vibrant portrait of New York’s endless capacity to humble and inspire – in all its darkness and wonder – impacts me to this day.

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