Maxwell L. Anderson
Executive Director, New Cities Foundation
Chairman, Global Cultural Districts Network
New York, NY
Maxwell L. Anderson is Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, and Chairman of its affiliated organization, the Global Cultural Districts Network. He develops NCF’s focus on urban innovation, with an emphasis on how digital platforms can improve the lives of city dwellers internationally. His experience in international affairs within the cultural sector, along with multiple achievements in harnessing digital media for community engagement, corporate transparency, and mission-focused communications, figures into his duties at the Foundation, along with other endeavors to improve the quality of urban life through strategic investments, advocacy, and foundation alliances.
During a career as a museum director in five cities, Anderson concentrated on fostering scholarship, engaging the public, enlivening institutions and advancement of their mission, and creating structures and best practices that insured their development and sustainability. He has sought to address multiple challenges facing the cultural sector, from operational efficiency to programmatic relevance, transparent business practices, community engagement, ownership disputes, and the impact of digital platforms on communications.