Max Settineri graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy. As an undergraduate, Max researched food insecurity and identified ways to increase access to healthy, affordable food. He also spent time researching the potential benefits of native riparian plantings on water quality in New Zealand. After graduating, Max interned with an edible insect startup in Thailand, further developing his interest in food systems. Before returning to school, Max worked in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Washington, D.C. where he provided communications support to the Agency’s citizen science and innovations teams. At Bren, Max plans to specialize in Economics & Policy of the Environment and Energy & Climate, with a focus in Eco-Entrepreneurship. He is interested in the connection between food, energy, and water security, and hopes to use the skills gained at Bren to promote sustainability in food systems.