Max Izenberg

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


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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