Photo: Alix Kramer Photography

Photo: Alix Kramer Photography

I'm McKenzie M. Maxson. I'm a writer, former journalism student & communications person, and now work in higher education.

I graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2016. (I also have a Bachelor's in European history, but they don't put that on your diploma.) My college experience shaped my passion for education, equity, and opportunity for all children and students, which lead me to begin my career in higher education at The Aspen Institute. By bringing my background in writing, journalism, and communications to higher ed, I hope to help tell important stories, share information, and make a difference in our country's education landscape, and in students' lives.

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, I spent much of my childhood in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, with my sister, two dogs, and mother, a middle school teacher who helped inspire my life-long commitment to education. I currently live in Arlington, Virginia, and work in Washington, DC. In my free time, you'll likely find me listening to a podcast, reading, or lifting heavy weights.

 
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