Maxim Fetissenko is a Providence and Boston-based organizational development consultant, researcher, and project manager. Currently, he is directing a federally-funded statewide initiative to redesign Rhode Island’s foster care system. Previously, Maxim taught communication at Northeastern University and 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.

Maxim holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in communication from Florida State University and a 5-year Specialist degree in political science and philosophy from Saint Petersburg State University. His research interests include organizational effectiveness, persuasion, argumentation, bioethics, health communication, international communication, conflict resolution, Russian politics and culture, 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. Between 2002 and 2014, Maxim 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.