Economic Development Specialist
Maxine Laszlo joins Blue Stone Strategy Partners with over ten years of experience supporting communities and nonprofits with capacity-building, grant-writing, storytelling, and strategic planning with respect to culture.
Laszlo grew up in the Midwestern region of the United States until she moved to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in 2016. In the CNMI, she helped leverage $3M in resources to rebuild the homes of indigenous and historically excluded families impacted by climate change. She then became the Executive Director of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, where she connected the private sector with resources post Super Typhoon Yutu and COVID-19. Through her sole proprietorship, Max Impacts: Maxine Laszlo Consulting, she supported the CNMI Government and small businesses by conducting strategic plans, performing workforce surveys, and assisting entrepreneurs with applying for $3M in federal and local resources to grow and expand their operations.
Laszlo has her Master’s in Public Affairs with concentrations in Policy Analysis and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She recently moved from the CNMI and now lives in Northwest Indiana. Professionally, Maxine is interested in understanding the economic outcomes caused by generational trauma, especially how programmatic interventions and culturally appropriate planning can reduce the impacts of trauma on future generations.