Max Nathanson has managed industry development and international trade policy and programming for Colorado Governor Jared Polis, and has expertise in economic development, small business advocacy, foreign policy, and the future of work. He has worked as an advisor to the Office of Future of Work at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and as Global Business Development Manager in the Colorado Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade, where he was the State's business development lead for seven sectors ranging from advanced manufacturing and IT to energy and agriculture. During COVID-19, he led the Colorado Mask Project as a member of the Governor's COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, and helped organize and staff the Governor's Economic Stabilization and Growth Council. Additionally, he is Founder and Managing Director of the Oxford Urbanists, a global social enterprise focused on urban development. He was also a small business organizer for the Biden-Harris campaign.

Max holds a master's degree in political economy and international development from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in political science from the University of Colorado, where he was a Norlin Scholar. He is passionate about community development and was named a Boulder County Leadership Fellow in 2020 and a 30 Under 30 Innovator for Urban Development by UN-Habitat in 2019.