Director of Evaluation and Strategy Development

Max Niedzwiecki, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Evaluation and Strategy Development.

In the 1980s he began working with organizations that are primarily managed by and for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders. Much of his work focuses on holistic approaches that unite analysis with action, advocacy with service, and that bring together diverse partners who transcend divides of organizational type, generation, ethnicity, race, gender and sexual identity, and geography.

Max first became involved with Southeast Asian American communities through work at the Panat Nikhom Refugee Camp in Thailand; the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, where he was Assistant Director of Youth Programs; and the Cambodian Community of Massachusetts, where he served as Assistant Director. In 1998 he earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Boston University, where his dissertation focused on Khmer American community-based organizations (CBOs) as bridges between institutions, cultures, and generations. He served as Director of Programs and Resource Development, and then as Executive Director, of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), the national capacity-building and advocacy organizations mainly managed by and for American with roots in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam; as a founding board member and then Interim Executive Director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF); and as Director of the Rights Working Group, a national coalition focusing on due process as part of comprehensive immigration reform. As a consultant he has worked with a wide variety of APIA-rooted organizations, including APIAHF (technical assistance and board training for CBOs, as well as research on the impact of the Gulf Oil Spill); Hmong American Partnership and Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (helping each with project development, evaluation planning, and fundraising); the Asian American Justice Center (evaluation and research); the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (drafting of 2008 policy platform); Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (facilitation); and VAYLA New Orleans (planning and fundraising). He has also worked with Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (publication on evaluation methodologies for grantmakers); the Urban Institute (research on diversity in California’s nonprofit sector leadership); the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (research, advocacy, and capacity building for groups helping LGBTQI refugees, asylees, and other migrants); and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), for which he evaluated grant proposals in nine program areas over the course of several years.