Maxx Echt comes to XPRIZE with over seven years of experience in the water and utilities management industries. As Project Coordinator for the most recently awarded prizes – the Water Abundance XPRIZE and the Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE – Mr. Echt utilizes his experience in project management, specifically in regard to coordinating between industry leaders and government entities, to drive the successful execution of XPRIZE competitions.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Echt held positions at several large-scale botanical gardens in Southern California where he developed water management protocols and sustainability initiatives for these nonprofit institutions. Mr. Echt also served as an active member on the Raymond Basin Management Board, where he fought to defend groundwater allocations for the smaller rights-holders in the region.
As an Environmental Studies graduate from The University of California Santa Barbara, Mr. Echt is passionate about natural resource protection and water security. When not promoting these causes in and out of the office, Mr. Echt enjoys being immersed in nature, whether through long-distance remote backpacking trips or winter snowboarding adventures in the Sierras.