Max Friedman

MPA, 2016

Senior Research Analyst, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities


Max Friedman is a Connecticut native who grew up in New Milford. He is currently a Senior Research Analyst at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the state’s largest nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders. In this role, he performs research projects for municipal officials, with a focus on labor relations. He joined CCM in this current role in 2018.

Prior to beginning the MPA program he had worked in various policy and political roles in Washington, DC and Connecticut. While attending American University, he interned in several offices in Washington, including the House Democratic Caucus, the Office of U.S. Representative Chris Murphy, and the SEIU. Returning to Connecticut in 2010, he was the New Media Assistant on Congressman Murphy’s successful reelection campaign that year. In 2011 and 2012, he was the Legislative intern for CCM, monitoring committee and floor actions for the state’s primary municipal league. His time at CCM sparked his interest in state and local public administration. After working again in Washington from 2012 to 2014, he decided to return to Connecticut to pursue an MPA and career in state and local policy.

Max was attracted to UConn’s MPA program by its high rate of graduate employment and its alumni network. He enjoyed sharing the first-year core classes with his entire cohort. This built a good student community. His favorite courses were Policy Analysis and State and Local Fiscal Problems. In his first year, Max had a Sponsored Internship at the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut (UHCF). He stayed on to do his IPP there in his second year. He then was a Development Fellow at UHCF for another year, assisting in crafting an individual giving program and serving as the Choosing Wisely Fellow for the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder group promoting the Choosing Wisely campaign in the state. Choosing Wisely encourages patients and health providers to have conversations about whether commonly performed tests and treatments are necessary.”

Max lives in Hartford with his wife and daughter.

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