Welcome Max, EPIC-N’s new Event Associate
My favorite place is my hometown Madison, WI. There was certainly a time when I might have said the opposite, but now I couldn’t be more appreciative of the community that made me who I am. The people the places and everything in between keep me here on this little strip of land in between two lakes.
How did you first learn about EPIC-N?
I learned about EPIC-N through the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) where I’m currently employed as a Research Assistant.
Describe your first interaction with a school community partnership project
My first interaction with the school-community partnership project was in my capacity as both a Climate Activist and elected official. Before holding a seat in Madison’s Local Government, the climate organization I was involved in during high school was working towards establishing a community garden (efforts that are still happening today). It wasn’t a big partnership, but I learned a lot about how small grassroots efforts can take shape in a community like Madison. At first, I was on one end acting as an advocate, and on the other end, I was able to act as a conduit to City resources. At the end of the day, there are people and there are systems. I was fortunate enough to find and learn from some really great people in our community and ‘within the system’ who went out of their way to help us establish a local mutual aid effort.
In what ways are you looking to engage or work with others either from within the EPIC Network or in general?
During the summer of 2021 I will be working with EPIC-N leaders to facilitate upcoming events and support members as needed. I look forward to bringing my passion for graphic design as well as local politics to my support of EPIC-N operations.
Max Prestigiacomo is a new addition to the EPIC-N team. Max is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is pursuing a public policy and sociology degree. Max is from Madison, WI, and has been involved in organizing efforts around the Climate Crisis in his community. In September of 2019, Max joined Climate Activists from across the Globe at the United Nations Climate Summit. Before joining EPIC-N and COWS, Max ran for office and won a seat on the Madison Common Council representing most of the campus area.