Maxwell Johnson is a research associate at the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Maxwell is interested in the interrelated historic, geographic, socioeconomic, and political factors that shape communities, as well as policy solutions that can bring about a fairer society.
Before joining the Institute, Maxwell gained experience across several levels of government, including roles with the National Association of Counties, the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office, and the Senate of Virginia. In addition, he has served on research projects examining the history of urban economic development and the public history of a rural African American community in Central Virginia.
Maxwell completed a Master of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where he majored in American Studies and anthropology.
In his spare time, Maxwell can be found testing the outer limits of “walking distance” and playing volleyball.