Max Izenberg

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.Sc. in health policy, planning, and financing, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine / London School of Economics; B.S. in public health informatics, Tulane University


Max Izenberg (he/his/him) is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His policy interests and research experience span a wide range of thematic policy areas, including disaster response and recovery, emergency preparedness, psychosocial resilience, infrastructure resilience, refugee and asylum-seeker integration, community resilience, disaster risk financing, and insurance markets. 

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a project manager at Dimagi India, where he contributed to the development of the official Indian national tuberculosis surveillance system. He was also a monitoring and evaluation adviser at Mercy Corps in Afghanistan, where he designed and supported various Afghanistan government programs including refugee repatriation initiatives and countering violence extremism. He also served as a lead qualitative researcher on several policy evaluations at Oxford Policy Management related to refugee protection, social protection schemes, and health systems strengthening, which included recruiting facilitators, trainings, transcription coding and analysis, intergating multiple methods for analysis, and report writing.

Izenberg has an M.Sc. in health policy, planning, and financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and a B.S. in public health informatics from Tulane University.

Recent Projects

  • Leveraging social networks, information science, and participatory processes to improve landslide warning in Sitka, AK
  • The Role of Disaster Citizen Science: Opportunities for Improving Community Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight Award, 2020


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  • Tongass National Forest, Alaska, <a href="">photo</a> by <a href="">gillfoto</a>/<a href="">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>

    Local Communities Need a Voice in How to 'Build Back Better'

    Long before it was popularized and made its way into political slogans and economic recovery battle cries, the phrase “building back better” was a central tenet of disaster recovery and community resilience. How should community voices be incorporated into “building back better” processes?

    Jan 12, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Huerta hoists two children from their rooftop into a Coast Guard rescue helicopter after flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA, August 29, 2005, photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi/U.S. Coast Guard

    HSOAC Hosts Seminar Series on Improving Equity in Disaster Policy

    Natural and biological hazards, and critically the human response to these hazards, have the potential not only to exacerbate existing population inequities but also to create them. To better understand the equity implications of disaster policies, the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center invited several experts to share their knowledge.

    Oct 7, 2020 The RAND Blog