Max Sevillia joined ADL as the Vice President of Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (GRACE) in 2019. Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Max leads all ADL’s federal relations, including engagement on Capital Hill and with the Executive Branch. In addition, he oversees the agency’s state and local advocacy, coordinating with a network of 25 regional offices across the country. He also leads all ADL’s intergroup and interfaith efforts, working with various advocacy organizations and interest groups to build stronger relations.
Max has diverse and deep experience in Washington, focusing on immigration reform, digital rights and policy, civil rights, and community engagement.
Immediately prior to joining ADL, he served the Mayor of New York City as Director of the Office of Federal Legislative Affairs and then as External Affairs Director of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, leading the City’s federal policy agenda, and building national and global coalitions of mayors.
Previously, Max represented state and local Latino elected officials at the federal level as director of the Washington, D.C. office of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). He has also represented a number of minority-majority cities, including Oakland and Compton, California, and Kansas City, Missouri; planned and directed immigration reform campaigns as the ACLU’s immigration lobbyist; and advocated on behalf of key African-American organizations, including UNCF and several HBCUs, and on behalf of LGBTQ groups, such as the NYC LGBT Center. Additionally, he has advised and trained activists on federal advocacy and education, including the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity.
Max also has extensive direct Capitol Hill experience, having served two iconic leaders: he staffed Rep. Jerrold Nadler on the House Judiciary Committee, focusing on balancing national security and civil liberties during the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act, and on Israel and Jewish affairs. Before that, he advised Rep. Alcee L. Hastings on international relations, and developed his Latino outreach initiative.
Max earned his B.A. from Florida International University (FIU) and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is Argentine-American, and in his youth he was an active member of the Jewish community of Buenos Aires. He is married to Karen, who originally hails from Ecuador.