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Maxwell Goshert

Asst Director
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705

Max Goshert serves as Assistant Director and Senior Research Analyst at Arizona State University's Office of the President.  He leads a team of student fellows and manages dozens of public policy research projects. He works to produce academic research on innovative, cutting-edge ideas. He also provides executive leadership with the information needed to make the best decisions for the University.

Additionally, Max serves as the associate director for the non-partisan think tank the Grand Canyon Institute. His research with the Institute covers the economic impact of automation, tax policy, education policy, and fiscal and economic policy. 

Max previously worked for the American Red Cross as a territory aquatics specialist for five years. He assisted aquatics facilities in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Southern California in combating drowning and human suffering in their communities by working with them to expand emergency preparedness and aquatic safety classes. He also served on the advisory council for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. 

  • Master's in Public Policy—Arizona State University
  • Bachelor's in Marketing—University of Arizona
Research Interests: 

Max's research interests include:

  • Tax Policy—How Arizona can enact equitable tax policy while raising revenues to invest in education and other funding priorities.
  • Education Policy—The role that school choice plays in the education system and the impact that state regulations have on the behavior of charter school operators.
  • Economic/Fiscal Policy—How the Arizona government can take advantage of good economic times to prepare for future recessions.
  • Automation—The evolution of automation in the transportation sector and the effect that this will have on Arizona's economy.
Research Activity: 
    • Staying Informed: Presented on the importance of using a diverse set of high-quality news sources to stay informed.
      • July 2019-Public Allies Arizona


    • Community Safety in Education: Covered the importance of integrating community safety into the classroom.
      • June 2019- Teacher's Leadership Summit


    • Deliberate Practice in Aquatics: Discussed how the concept of deliberate practice could be used to improve lifeguard training.
      • April 2019- Nevada Recreation and Parks Society Conference
      • March 2019- California Parks and Recreation Society Conference


    • Service Taxes in Arizona: Discussed my policy paper on the fiscal impact on Prop 126 which would ban service taxes in Arizona.
      • November 2018- KTAR and the State Press


    • Closing the Gap: Explored how minorities and those in poverty are less likely to learn how to swim and discussed how to better serve those communities.
      • November 2018- California Recreation and Parks Society district meeting
      • July 2018- Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Conference
      • April 2018- Nevada Recreation and Parks Society Conference


    • Wayfair Supreme Court decision: Talked about the impact that the Wayfair ruling allowing states to tax online sales will affect Arizona's economy.
      • July 2018- Arizona Horizon


    • Drowning Prevention: Provided interviews on home pool safety and drowning prevention.
      • May 2015-July 2017- Provided five interviews to the Las Vegas Review Journal, ABC 15, and Raising Arizona Kids magazine.


    • Selling the Volunteer Experience: Presented on viewing the recruitment and management of volunteers like selling a service.
      • March 2017- Public Allies Arizona
      • April 2016- Public Allies Arizona
      • September 2014- Public Allies of Arizona
      • February 2014- Association of Volunteer Administrators of Central Arizona
      • December 2013- Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Service Learning
      • October 2013- Public Allies of Arizona


    • Presidential Preference Election Debacle: Discussed the disorganized 2016 presidential preference election and its effect on future voter turnout.
      • March 2016- Mosh Radio


    • The Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas: Provided communication as the chairman of the Recall Diane Douglas campaign.
      • November 2014-December 2015- Provided dozens of interviews with local and national organizations including the New York Times, Associated Press, Arizona Republic, Arizona Capitol Times, State Press, East Valley Tribune, KJZZ, KTAR, KFYI, Arizona Family, CBS, Fox, NBC, and Univision.
      • September 2015- Politics Unplugged
      • September 2015- Sunday Square Off
      • September 2015- Press conference at the Arizona Secretary of State's office.
      • April 2015- Keynote speaker at the Teacher's Leadership Summit


    • Red Cross Aquatics Programs: Discussed the various programs that the American Red Cross has to improve aquatic safety and drowning prevention.
      • August 2015- Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Conference
      • April 2015- Nevada Recreation and Parks Society Conference
    Honors / Awards: 
    • 2019—30 Under 30: California Recreation and Parks Society
    • 2018—Outstanding Graduate Award- Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions: Arizona State University
    • 2017—Semi-Finalist- Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge: Atlantic Council
    • 2017—Winner- Cyber 9/12 Student Competition: Arizona State University, Atlantic Council
    • 2012—Academic Achievement Award: University of Arizona
    • 2012—Eller 100: University of Arizona
    Professional Associations: 
    • Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona: 2018–2019
    • International City/County Management Association: 2016
    • Phoenix Mensa: 2013
    Work History: 
    • 2019–Present: Assistant Director & Senior Research Associate—Arizona State University 
      • Provide executive leadership with the information needed to make the best decisions for the University
      • Work to produce innovative academic research on cutting-edge ideas
      • Lead four student fellows on research, policy analysis, and visualization projects
      • Manage dozens of public policy projects
    • 2016–Present: Associate Director—Grand Canyon Institute
      • Perform data manipulation and statistical analysis for research papers
      • Coordinate with research associate on gathering data and preparing databases
      • Collaborate on policy documents and research reports
      • Write articles for the newsletter and website examining current policies
      • Meet with state lawmakers and policy influencers to advance legislative priorities
    • 2014–2019: Territory Aquatics Specialist—American Red Cross
      • Assisted 450 clients in AZ, CA, NV, and NM with policy development and programming
      • Led a team to analyze national program statistics and provide recommendations
      • Advised executive leadership on national political strategy for CPR legislation
      • Exceeded revenue attainment goals in FY 19 ($700,000), and FY 18, 17, and 16
      • Evaluated data on fatal drownings find areas in highest-need of intervention
    • 2014–2016: Chairman—Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas
      • Directed 1,300 volunteers statewide to collect 40,000 signatures in four months
      • Analyzed policy recommendations and used strategic media response
      • Created and enacted campaign strategy and training programs
      • Generated support through multimedia marketing campaign and public relations
      • Worked with public officials and community leaders to promote agenda
    • 2012–2014: Volunteer Coordinator—St. Vincent de Paul
      • Recruited and scheduled 70 volunteers daily at several locations across Phoenix
      • Coordinated marketing activities including Google Ads, social media, and outreach
      • Managed an AmeriCorps member in corporate relations and program creation
      • Raised $130,000 worth of donations and assisted with large fundraising events
    • Candidate, Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board: 2020
    • Yes for PV: 2019
    • Community Legislative Network, Paradise Valley Unified School District: 2018–Present
    • United Parent Council, Paradise Valley Unified School District: 2018–2019
    • Greg Stanton for Phoenix Mayor: 2015
    • Free and Accepted Masons: 2013–2016
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