Maxine E. Schwartz worked with Professor Haim Shaked in the Middle East Studies Institute of the University of Miami's Graduate School of International Studies and at the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies with the title of Director of Development and Outreach.

During her tenure Maxine was awarded the University of Miami's President's Medal for her many achievements, an honor bestowed by then President Donna Shalala. Maxine retired from the University in 2014, after 22 years of service.

From 1988 to 1990, Maxine served as the General Campaign Chair of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation - the first woman to do so in the Federation's fifty year history and the first woman to chair a campaign in a major city. 

Maxine also convinced the Federation’s Board to mount their first mega-mission to Israel, filling two chartered 747 jets in May, 1990. Following that, she and her husband, Kenneth J. Schwartz, led two additional mega-missions - taking over 2000 people to Israel. 

Maxine served in many capacities and is a Life Member of the Federation Board. She is a recipient of the Stanley C. Myers Award, has been honored by the Florida Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and has received the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award which honors outstanding Lion of Judah volunteers.

In February, 2014, she and her husband, Kenny, received the Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award. Maxine attended Cornell University and received a B.A., summa cum laude from Barnard College.