Maxim Fetissenko is a Boston-based organizational development consultant, researcher, and activist. For much of the noughties, Maxim served as associate director, interim executive director, program evaluator, and organizational development consultant at a state commission for national and community service, where he administered a statewide portfolio of AmeriCorps and Learn & Serve America programs. Today, he continues to advise social sector nonprofits and advocacy groups on program design, management, and evaluation; communication strategy and messaging; staff and volunteer training; performance management; strategic planning; fundraising; and other organizational matters.
Maxim holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in communication from Florida State University and a Specialist degree in political science and philosophy from St. Petersburg State University. His research interests include social movement communication, persuasion, argumentation, bioethics, animal rights, health communication, international communication, conflict resolution, Russian politics and culture, old and new media, and behavioral psychology. He has taught courses on social movement communication, management communication and leadership, persuasion, argumentation, conflict resolution, research methods, mass media, public speaking, and Russian. His academic work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous conferences and other venues – most recently at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Since 2002, Maxim has served as a founding member of the editorial board of Controversia: An international journal of debate and democratic renewal, sponsored by the Open Society Institute.