Craig Max Biography

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Craig Andrew Max IV

It was with great shock and sadness that we in the National Space Society learned of Craig Max’s sudden passing on July 15, 2013, at the age of 31. Craig was a longtime member of NSS and just this year was elected as Assistant Secretary and a member of the NSS Executive Committee. We are grateful for the time, attention, energy and insight he brought to the governance and mission of the Society in just these past few months. We were looking forward to having Craig with us in increasing leadership capacities for many years to come, and he will truly be missed. Our hearts are with his family and those who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him for so much longer than we did.


Craig Max is an attorney serving the metropolitan Washington, D.C., community. Prior to his current position, he worked in private, government, and public accounting practice in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., including as a principal in a public accounting firm.  Additionally, Mr. Max holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor with the University of Maryland, where he teaches upper-level accounting, tax, and business law courses.

Mr. Max holds several professional certifications, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) by the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and he has been designated as a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (FAAFM).

He is a member of numerous legal, accounting, and industry professional associations.  Mr. Max’s writings have appeared in various publications including the Indiana Business LawyerAviation Insurance & Risk Management, and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.  He has presented unique strategies and solutions to state and local governments, trade associations, and Fortune 100 executives.

In addition to his professional work, Mr. Max volunteers for numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving on the board of directors of a community foundation, a Department of Defense contractors association, and a private school for children with autism.

Mr. Max graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and French from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and received a Diplôme de Français from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.  He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence as well as a Graduate Certificate in Law & Business from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Max has been nominated for the Indiana CPA Society’s Top Five Under 35 Award several times; Virginia Business Magazine’s SuperCPAs and Legal Elite awards, and was chosen by SmartCEO Magazine as one of its SmartCPAs and as one of its LegalElites for Metropolitan Washington.  While at Vanderbilt, he received Scholastic Excellence awards in Corporate Taxation and Representing the Family Business and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Outstanding Editor Award.