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Max Klau is the Director of Leadership Development at City Year, Inc., a national service program headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.  His efforts focus on leveraging a challenging year of full-time citizen service as a transformational leadership development experience.  After working as a carpenter and managing a house painting franchise, Max received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005; his studies focused on civic leadership education.  An alumnus of four Jewish service programs, he has completed two years of service in Israel and led service programs in Israel, Honduras, Ghana, and the Ukraine.  He is the primary author ofThe Idealist’s Journey, City Year’s leadership development curriculum, and has written articles about developing leaders through service experiences for the Washington Post, the Harvard Business Review, and the Huffington Post.