Max Finberg, NY 90

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Receipient of the 2013 Elmer B. Staats Award for Public Service

Each year, the Truman Scholarship Foundation selects one former Truman Scholar to receive our highest honor, the Elmer B. Staats Public Service Award. The award is named for Elmer Staats, the Truman Foundation’s long-time Chairman, whose distinguished career in public service spanned every presidential administration from Franklin D. Roosevelt to William J. Clinton.

Max Finberg, a 1990 Truman Scholar originally from upstate New York, has received the 2013 Staats Award. Max has dedicated his career to serving others, especially those who are hungry. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and coordinates StrikeForce, USDA’s initiative for rural growth and opportunity. He has worked in a variety of leadership roles in the Agriculture Department and as a Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council.

Max has previously served as the leader of nonprofit and international efforts to fight hunger, including as the first Director of the Alliance to End Hunger, Founding Director of the Mickey Leland Hunger Fellows Program, and Special Assistant to former Representative Tony Hall when he was Ambassador at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture, in Rome, Italy.


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