AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK NAMES MAX FINBERG AS DIRECTOR OF FAITH BASED AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack continued naming top staff today by appointing Max Finberg to serve as Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA has a long history of working with faith-based and community organizations to help those in need, and providing federal assistance through domestic and international food aid and nutrition programs, rural development opportunities, and natural resource conservation.
"As we continue strengthening USDA's existing relationships and continue to build new ones, Max Finberg will be instrumental in working with our faith-based and community partners to reach even more people in need throughout our country," said Vilsack.
Finberg most recently served as the director of the Alliance to End Hunger, which works to engage diverse institutions to build the public will to end hunger. He has also served as special assistant to the ambassador at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy, which works with the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Program and the International Fund for Agriculture Development
Previously, Finberg was a senior legislative assistant covering domestic hunger and poverty issues for Representative Tony Hall and worked on the successful passage of The Hunger Relief Act and the Community Solutions Act with a variety of anti-poverty and faith-based organizations. He is also the founding director of the Mickey Leland/Bill Emerson Hunger Fellows Program at the Congressional Hunger Center.
Finberg graduated from Tufts University with degrees in Political Science, German and International Relations. He received his masters degree in Social Ethics from Howard University's School of Divinity and is a Harry Truman Scholar from New York. Originally from the Catskill Mountains, he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter and son.