Maxine is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and received her bachelor's degree in communications from Hope College and master's degree in communications from Grand Valley State University. She is currently the Candidate Experience and Social Media Program Manager at Herman Miller, Inc., an international furniture manufacturer headquartered in Zeeland, MI, where she focuses on candidate experience, college recruitment, early in career and diverse talent, employment branding and online social recruitment and sourcing strategy. Maxine has been involved in the volunteer leadership of the BL²END board of directors since November 2006, and served in marketing communications, professional development, and vice president roles prior to becoming president of the Executive Board in January 2011. Gray is also a member of the InForum West Michigan Regional Council, the Varnum Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Advisory Council. She is also a graduate of the Heart of West Michigan United Way's "Project Blueprint" program, which is focused on increasing the ethnic diversity of leadership within nonprofit boards and committees in West Michigan.
In 2011, Maxine was recognized as a "40 under 40" business leader by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, and in 2012 she received the "Advocate" award from the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids for her volunteer leadership within the BL²END board of directors. Maxine is committed to servant leadership and bringing purpose, passion and impact to everyday life; both inside and outside of the workplace. She considers herself a catalyst for positive change around topics related to young professionals, women and diversity and inclusion.