Max Holtman is Vice Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management. Prior to joining Capitol Peak, Mr. Holtzman was appointed by President Obama in early 2009 as the Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Holtzman advised the Secretary on the development of new public-private partnerships and capital market access to supplement the USDA’s $200 billion portfolio of critical infrastructure and other loans. Mr. Holtzman successfully spearheaded the first White House Rural Opportunity Investment Conference which brought together senior leaders from the financial, government, infrastructure and project finance communities to identify challenges and opportunities in critical infrastructure projects involving a multitude of federal, state and local parties. Mr. Holtzman also served the President and Secretary as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, overseeing the Department’s international operations and as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs. He had direct oversight of 8,000 employees and a nearly $1 billion budget. He advised the Secretary on all trade and international matters, biotechnology, international food security and aquaculture. He represented the United States in its negotiations with the Peoples Republic of China as four-time Delegate on the Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade and is regularly involved with a multitude of international trade issues, trade missions and trade negotiations. He also served as the United States Chairman of the North American Biotechnology Initiative, which includes the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Holtzman, an attorney for 20 years, provided strategic consulting to multi-national companies related to transportation infrastructure, project finance, public-private partnerships, health care and government procurement. He also served as a City Attorney and Special Counsel to several municipalities.
Mr. Holtzman is the Founding Chairman of Adopt-A-Classroom, a 16-year not-for-profit that supports teachers and students in all 50 states. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and his law degree from the University of Miami. Married with three children, Mr. Holtzman and his family live in Washington, D.C.