Maxwell Ruppersburg
Pronouns
He/ Him/His
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Director of the Office of Supportive Housing, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Maxwell Ruppersburg works for the State of Georgia as Director of the Office of Supportive Housing with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. He leads the Georgia Housing Voucher Program which provides permanent supportive housing to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness to prevent homelessness and promote long term independence and recovery.

Maxwell is a committed public servant, having worked previously in local government for three years as a member of the city management team for the City of Smyrna after receiving a Local Government Management Fellowship with the International City/County Management Association. He worked alongside residents to implement the community's strategic vision plan, establishing a Community Housing Team to discuss issues of housing affordability which helped secure $913,000 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to build 75 units of affordable senior housing, as well as the Smyrna United Task Force to elevate issues of diversity and inclusion. He also oversaw the successful establishment of the Smyrna Citizens Academy, the Smyrna Youth Council, and an outreach campaign for the 2020 Census.

Maxwell believes in human centered design and is passionate about public policy advocacy. He works with others to build a better justice system as the Executive Director of Reform Georgia, a nonprofit that organizes and educates for criminal justice policy reform at the state and local level, which he helped to found in 2018. Reform Georgia has seen the successful passage of harm reduction measures in several Georgia communities including Savannah and Macon. Ruppersburg recently provided a policy research report to the 2019 State Senate Study Committee on "Revising Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felony Offenders."

Ruppersburg attended Emory University where he studied Religion and African Studies and learned from His Holiness the Dalai Lama while studying Tibetan Buddhism in India. After conducting research for President Carter's speaking engagements at The Carter Center, he earned his Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is certified as a Project Management Professional and speaks Spanish, passable Arabic, and broken Tibetan.

He has an entrepreneurial spirit, having spent over two years building and managing a digital startup, and continues to provide professional consulting services to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and occasionally, political candidates.

Maxwell is a native of Athens, Georgia and lives with his wife Camila and their beagle in Atlanta.