Maxwell Johnstone moved to Harpswell when he was seven years old and grew up as an active volunteer in the region, including achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and graduating from Mt. Ararat High School in 2013. In the summer of 2016, Max joined our organization as an intern through the Margaret Chase Smith Program. Max graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management with a minor in Law, and immediately joined MCOG as a full-time staff member. Since graduating, Max has provided planning and technical assistance to a variety of communities, which includes working directly with Planning Boards and municipal leaders, obtaining federal and state grants to improve the local economy, and providing direct assistance on updating Comprehensive Plans. Today, Max serves as the Senior Planner for MCOG and still enjoys having direct conversations with municipal leaders that are looking for ways to improve the quality of life in the region.