Marc Maxmeister CV

Marc M Maxmeister

Innovation Consultant — 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20005 – (202)-232-5784



2008 Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University – New Orleans, LA

2007 PhD in Integrative Biosciences (Neuroscience focus) from Pennsylvannia State University – University Park, PA (GPA 3.8) Thesis: Modulation of exocytosis by estrogen, altered membrane composition, and osmolarity.

1999 BS Chemistry and BS Biochemistry from Appalachian State University – Boone, NC  (GPA 3.9)

Career Milestones:

GlobalGiving Storytelling Project – coordinated collection & analysis for narrative process to identify community needs and inform local organizations, using over 50,000 stories about community efforts to identify root causes of complex social issues (2010-2012).

Neuroscience Research on learning and memory: (1) Rapid glucocorticoid actions in the hypothalamus via NO. (2) Rapid non-genomic effects of estrogen on neurons. (3) Amperometric measurement of neurotransmitter release

Fulbright Research – explored the impact of computers and Internet on rural schools in West Africa using a skills, searching, and history survey in 2003-2004.

Peace Corps Volunteer – built 5 computer labs in Gambian schools and trained a dozen computer teachers in 1999-2001. Helped create a national computer syllabus.

Awards and Honors:

2003-2004 Fulbright Scholarship to study the impact of computers and the Internet on rural schools in Gambia, Ghana, and Senegal, West Africa.

1998-1999   President, Appalachian Chemical Society.

1996-1999   AR Smith Chemistry Scholarship

1996-1999  College Honors Program.

1996 Chemistry Department award for best performance among Freshman Class, Appalachian State University.



2010-2012    3 Rockefeller Grants for complexity-based evaluation experiments on a network of community-based organizations in East Africa – with GlobalGiving

2005-2007    NIH-R01 Exocytosis Grant (wrote and carried out 1 of the three specific aims)

2003-2004          Fulbright Scholarship

Work Experience:

2012  Visiting Lecturer – Taught graduate course on Neuroscience and Complexity Science at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya

2010-2012 Innovation Consultant & GlobalGiving, USAID-OTI, Helen Keller Intl

2008-2010 Manager of Impact and Innovation at GlobalGiving (online

NGO that helps smaller NGOs fundraise worldwide)

2007-2008 Neuroscience researcher and instructor, Tulane University

2004-2006 Volunteer Journalist, Voices of Central Pennsylvania and

Williamsport Guardian (20+ articles)

2001-2003 Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer at Penn State in

Molecular Neuroscience and Systems Neuroscience

1999-2001 Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia

IT / Computer Teacher Trainer

High School Science Teacher

Contributor to policy development for technology in Education

1999 Teaching Assistant – General Chemistry Lab

1997-1999 Instructor, Supplemental Instruction Program – recitation teacher for

General Chemistry Lecture

Peer Reviewed Science Publications (7):

Estradiol inhibits depolarization-evoked exocytosis in PC12 cells via N-type voltage-gated calcium channels. Adams KL, Maxson MM, Mellander L, Westerink RH, Ewing AG. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology. 2010 Nov; 30(8):1235-42.

Glucocorticoids regulate glutamate and GABA synapse-specific retrograde transmission via divergent nongenomic signaling pathways. Di S, Maxson MM, Franco A, Tasker JG. Journal of Neuroscience. 2009 Jan 14; 29(2):393-401.

Amperometric measurements of catecholamine release from single vesicles in MN9D cells. Dong Y, Heien ML, Maxson MM, and Ewing AG. Journal of Neurochemistry 2008 Dec; 107(6):1589-95.

High osmolarity and L-DOPA Augment Fusion Pore Release in PC12 Cells. Sombers LA, Maxson MM, Wittenberg NJ, Ewing AG. ChemPhysChem, 2007 Dec 3; 8(17):2471-7.

Multicore Vesicles: Hyperosmolarity and L-DOPA Induce Fusion of Vesicles With Each Other. Sombers LA, Maxson MM, Ewing AG. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 2007 Aug; 27(5):681-5.

Phospholipid mediated plasticity in exocytosis observed in PC12 cells. Uchiyama Y*, Maxson MM*, Sawada T, Nakano A, Ewing AG. Brain Research March 12, 2007 Jun 2; 1151:46-54.

Sombers LA, Maxson MM, Ewing AG. Loaded dopamine is preferentially stored in the halo portion of PC12 cell dense core vesicles. Journal of Neurochemistry 2005 Jun; 93(5):1122-31.

Other science publications:

Wittenberg NJ, Maxson MM, Eves DJ, Cans AS, Ewing AG. Electrochemistry at the Cell Membrane/Solution Interface. Electrochemical Methods for Neuroscience 2007 285-314

Maxson MM, Ewing AG. Using Amperometry to Study Neuronal Models. Encyclopedia of sensors, 2005 (Section A13).

Unpublished papers and book-length manuscripts (6):

Maxson MM, Luber SJ, Vasudevan N, Rands V, Schrader, LA, Ewing AG. Estrogen receptor dependent mediated calcium signaling in PC12 and GT1-7 cells (unpublished manuscript).

Maxson MM, Adams KA, R Westerink, Ewing AG. Estradiol inhibition of exocytosis in PC12 cells via the phospholipase A2 pathway (unpublished manuscript).

African Web Dreams: Computer Culture in Rural West Africa (2004)

Devil’s Right Hand (novel about a war criminal in Sierra Leone, 2006)

Wackenhoot Night Watchman (young adult fiction, 2008)

Pablo Cahones (young adult fiction, 2010)

Media Coverage (2):

“Amplifying Local Voices,” Stanford Social Innovation Review 2011

“The curious aid worker: Storytelling with Marc Maxson,” How-Matters

Also reprinted in Monthly Developments Magazine, April 2012

Click to access MD_April_2012_FINAL_small.pdf

Aid Publications (5):

Maxson MM The “Real Book” for Story Evaluation Methods, GlobalGiving 2010. (

Maxson MM and Goldstein J. “Real-time” Technology Aided Feedback Loops in International Philanthropy. Skoll Foundation ISIRC paper presented at Oxford University, 2009.

Maxson MM and Kuraishi M. Making use of Reputation in International Philanthropy. Chapter in Reputation Systems MIT press, 2009.

Where there is no tech support: A Practical Guide for Promoting Information

Technology in Africa 1st Edition (2001) and 2nd Edition (2003). (100 pp) Lulu Press.

Policy Proposal from Fulbright submitted to governments in Gambia,

Senegal, and Ghana: Impact of IT in West African Schools (2004).

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