Max Reniers grew up just outside Exeter, a small town in Tulare County. After attending college in Maine and New Mexico, he worked as a social worker and teacher in the Southwest United States, including several years in Mexico and Ecuador. When he returned to the Central Valley in 2006 to work as an ESL teacher for a local farming company, he learned an immense amount the Valley’s needs from the largely undocumented population he taught. Succumbing again to his nomadic nature, In 2010, Max returned to Ecuador to run a hotel and restaurant in the northern Andes. After seven years and a wedding, his life took another turn; in 2017, the hotel morphed into a foundation—part of which was to dedicate the hotel space to group lodging of volunteers and students, and the other part of which addresses educational inequities and accessibility. Recently, Max and his wife made the decision to turn the hotel over to their staff and dedicate their time to their scholarship and mentorship program. Max is an advocate of equity and inclusivity in all of his work, and he hopes to bring his broad experience and passion for education to the Central Valley Scholars Board of Directors.