Star Mountain recruits ex-Washington State Treasurer as senior adviser

James McIntire, the former Washington State Treasurer and chairman of Washington State Investment Board, has joined Star Mountain Capital as a strategic investor and senior adviser. McIntire is also the former president of the National Association of State Treasurers.


NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES / — Star Mountain Capital, LLC (“Star Mountain”), a specialized alternative asset manager focused exclusively on the U.S. lower middle-market, is pleased to announce that James McIntire has joined as a Strategic Investor and Senior Advisor.

James McIntire has had a distinguished forty-year career in government policy and finance. Most recently, Mr. McIntire served two terms as Washington’s State Treasurer from 2009 to 2017. As Treasurer, Mr. McIntire was responsible for $400 billion of transactions per year, a $21 billion debt portfolio, investments of $18 billion of assets and public deposits of $6 billion. Mr. McIntire is also the immediate past President of the National Association of State Treasurers.

Mr. McIntire also served three terms as Chairman of the $110 billion Washington State Investment Board. The Washington State Investment Board manages investments for 17 retirement plans for public employees, teachers, school employees, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and judges and has nearly $20 billion allocated to private equity investments.

Mr. McIntire is the former Director of the Fiscal Policy Center at the University of Washington and served on the faculty of the University’s School of Public Policy and Governance for 25 years. Mr. McIntire also served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1998 to 2009. He began his career working in the U.S. Senate for Hubert Humphrey (the 38th Vice President of the United States) and served as a policy advisor to congressional committee chairmen and Washington governors. Mr. McIntire holds a BA in Urban and Regional Affairs from Macalester College, a MA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington.

“Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to help us resolve the challenges of scale that large institutions face when investing in U.S. small businesses,” said Brett Hickey, Star Mountain’s Founder & CEO. “We are all excited to have him join the Star Mountain team.”

“I look forward to joining Star Mountain’s highly experienced team dedicated to achieving high risk-adjusted returns while also supporting job creation and economic development in the U.S. lower middle-market,” said James McIntire. “With over 175,000 established small businesses in this underserved market, it provides an attractive opportunity for an experienced investment firm like Star Mountain to achieve both economic and social results.”

Investing in the Growth Engine of America ® – Star Mountain Capital is a specialized lower middle-market asset management firm. It has a differentiated business model and “Collaborative Ecosystem” including its three channel approach to investing into small and medium-sized businesses via Direct Investments, Strategic Primary Fund Investments and Secondary Fund Investments.

Star Mountain Charitable Foundation is a New York not-for-profit 501(c)3 focusing its charitable activities on improving lives via a focus on Health & Wellness (including cancer research), Education & Career Development, and Economic Development & Job Creation.