Max Kenner is committed to helping people redesign their lives.
The Founder and Executive Director of Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), which enrolls incarcerated women and men in academic programs that culminate in degrees from Bard College, Max is Co-Founder of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, which supports colleges and universities in establishing college-in- prison programs in ten states.
Kenner serves as Vice President for Institutional Initiatives and Advisor to the President on Public Policy & College Affairs at Bard College. He was a 2013-14 fellow-in-residence at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. In 2014 he was appointed to serve on Governor Cuomo’s NY State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, Re-Entry Subcommittee. In 2016 The Chronicle of Philanthropy named him as a 40 Under 40, and he received a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. In 2015 he received the Manhattan Institute’s Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in 2014 the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education.