Executive Team

Phone: 212.390.1789

Email: dan@ascendamerica.com


President & Chief Executive Officer

Dan Shields, established AscendAmerica with a goal of providing unique, high-quality low-risk investment opportunities for foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to the United States through the EB-5 program.

After earning his law degree from the Cardozo School of Law and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Dan worked for over 20 years in real estate finance.  Prior to founding AscendAmerica, Dan served as Administrative Vice President at M&T Bank, responsible for the New York City Commercial Real Estate Department; an $8 Billion portfolio which under his leadership experienced virtually no losses or defaults during the 2008-09 global financial crisis.

Recognized in the industry as a creative dealmaker who under-promises and over-delivers, Dan has the track record, experience, reputation and integrity demanded by accomplished and pragmatic real estate developers. His legal and credit background give him the tools to underwrite and structure risk at acceptable levels. He is adept at anticipating potential challenges and pre-empting solutions.

Dan’s experience in finance, real estate, regulatory compliance and law, combined with his relationships with top-tier developers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, enables him to structure attractive opportunities that limit risk and prioritize investors’ interests.

Phone: 212.390.1784

Email: anne@ascendamerica.com


Chief Operating Officer, Director of Investor Relations

Anne Holzer serves as Chief Operating Officer at AscendAmerica where she where she directs the EB-5 business and is also responsible for corporate operations, systems and resources.

Anne is creative, analytical, organized, energetic and, above all else, detail oriented. This unique blend of talents along with over 25 years of involvement in a combination of the marketing, real estate, finance and EB-5 industries, give Ms. Holzer the experience and know-how to fulfill her role seamlessly.

Experienced in varied industries from non-profits to banking where compliance and discretion is of utmost importance, Anne understands the need for due diligence and adherence to policy.

In her role as Director of Investor Relations, Anne provides invaluable support to clients, helping to guide them through the investment process.

Formerly, Anne served as Principal at TAP Marketing Solutions, a boutique Marketing agency that focuses on small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. In this capacity, she has worked with numerous organizations and businesses to develop strategy, promote awareness and implement successful marketing campaigns and events for their brands.