Meet Volunteer Advocate Max Ekesi

Apr 27 2012

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

Max Ekesi was born and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. His father is Nigerian and his mother is Italian, so he had a very diverse upbringing intertwined in African and European culture. He shares that this upbringing “has been very defining in how I interact with people. I have an easy and open-minded way of communicating across cultural barriers.”

After attending college at Syracuse, Max came to Austin as a Program Manager at Dell in 2001. He lives with his wife, Sara, who is expecting their first child.

“Being half Nigerian and half Italian, I don’t really have a choice but to love soccer,” says Max. “I play it, I coach it, I watch it on TV. I appreciate the diversity of cultures that play soccer and anywhere I’ve traveled in the world I’ve been able to join a pickup soccer game or talk about the sport.”

Max started volunteering with CASA in 2007 and has worked with two teenagers. He knows that “it means a lot to a child to see a person volunteer and give up their time – just because they are interested in ensuring that the child continues to make progress.  I am not part of the child’s family, church, social group, etc… but never the less I am genuinely interested in ensuring they continue to make progress through life.”