Max Klau is the Chief Program Officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy, where he oversees the design and delivery of leadership development programs focused on building a pipeline of alumni of service programs seeking to run for political office as the next step on their journey as servant leaders.
Prior to taking on this role in August 2016, Klau served as the Vice President of Leadership Development at City Year, the education-focused AmeriCorps program that currently engages more than 3,000 young adults across 27 U.S. cities in a year of demanding, full time citizen service.
Klau received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005. He focused his studies on leadership education, specifically the application of the adaptive leadership model developed by Kennedy School professor Ronald Heifetz to leadership development programming for youth. An alumnus of four service programs, he has completed two years of service in Israel and led service programs in Israel, Honduras, Ghana, and the Ukraine. His writing about leadership has appeared in Fast Company, the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post.